LONG BEACH First responders and law enforcement responded to a car versus pedestrian accident on Friday in the vicinity of Pioneer Road in north Long Beach.
According to witnesses, there were two adults and two children at the scene, and it appeared that one car was stopped in the lane and another car was passing on the right when the incident occurred. Further information was not available from Washington State Patrol as of press time, and conflicting stories have relayed that either one or both adults had been hit.
At the Long Beach City Council meeting Monday night, Don McGuire, who owns Corral Drive-In near the scene of the accident, stated that pedestrians such as those from the nearby Head Start and Willapa Counseling often have trouble crossing SR 103 in that area, partly due to the fact that southbound cars arent slowing down to posted 35 mph speed. He urged the council to consider installing sidewalks in the area, a traffic light, or another option to make crossing the street safer.
Mayor Bob Andrew said he would speak with the Department of Transportation. He noted that the city has asked DOT several times in the past about moving the speed reduction sign further north on SR 103, which could ensure that vehicles would travel slower in the area in question.
In regard to the accident, Andrew said it may serve as an example to the DOT as to why the city would like the speed reduction signage moved.
These kind of things, unfortunately, are the kind of things that tend to spark results, Andrew lamented.