Napa City Attorney Struck by Pickup in Crosswalk

“The victim (Napa City Attorney Michael Barrett) received bumps and bruises. It was a low-speed collision,” Napa Police Capt. Jeff Troendly said Friday morning.

Napa City Attorney Michael Barrett suffered minor injuries when he was struck by a pickup truck in the crosswalk of First and Coombs streets, police said.

The collision took place about 4 p.m. Thursday when Matthew Maxwell was driving west on First Street, turning south onto Coombs Street, police said.

Barrett was walking across the street in the crosswalk when he was hit by Maxwell's pickup. He was taken by ambulance to Queen of the Valley Medical Center.

“The victim received bumps and bruises. It was a low-speed collision,” Napa Police Capt. Jeff Troendly said Friday morning.

Maxwell was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, Troendly said, adding that alcohol is not considered a factor.

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Jennifer January 04, 2013 at 06:47 PM
I don't drive. I walk a lot around town. Drivers do not pay attention. I have been almost hit by many different drivers. One car was so close to me I dropped a soda bottle inside (convertible) Hopefully now that someone from the city has experienced the way Napa drivers don't pay attention to pedestrians the city will actually do something about it. Like ticket drivers that do not wait until a pedestrian is on the sidewalk before driving. I am sick and tired of seeing a police car not doing anything when pedestrians are in the sidewalks. Until then I will continue to throw things at the cars that almost hit me. I have no shame about that. If these drivers have no respect for human life I will have no respect for you car.
Jennifer January 04, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Oh and another thing. The city needs to calibrate the timer on the crosswalk. At Jefferson and Lincoln, one of the busiest intersections in Napa, sometimes the light will turn red for oncoming traffic when there is still 18 seconds left to cross the street. This has happened to me twice. Many other crosswalks let you take about 5 steps before oncoming traffic is heading right at you. That's when the fun begins. Like getting yelled at by drivers, flipped of, and cused out.
Mike Treleven January 05, 2013 at 01:03 AM
I was hit walking my bicycle in a crosswalk at Trancas and Jefferson streets, when the sign flashed walk. Luckily, other than skinned-up bloody elbows I was OK. Then there have been at least a half dozen other occasions of close calls over 1 1/2 years for me, mostly along Trancas. Drivers have to be more cautious for bicyclists and pedestrians.
bucket January 05, 2013 at 08:28 PM
Mike...sorry, no excuse for the drivers out there that ignore the stop signs and lights. It is crazy and unsafe out there. I have a little issue with folks that step out in front of traffic and don't follow the rules themselves. Remember in the olden days when we were taught to stop at a cross walk, look both ways, proceed when safe and then move quickly through the cross walk? But NO... walkers just walk right out in front of tons of metal moving at them expecting that we not only see them but have enough time to get the tons of metal stopped. I do not drive fast at all but I can't tell you how many times I have had to slam on my breaks hard to stop for someone seemingly without a clue, respect and regard for anyone else but themselves. Then they will chat on the phone as they cross and walk ever so slowly while the traffic backs up. I see some drivers will move forward in the lane beside me even when I am stopped already. Actually, I think walkers should be alert as one can't trust another and what about if a car can't stop or the breaks give out...
Rusty Cohn January 06, 2013 at 04:25 AM
Cars in Napa in general do Not yield to pedestrians. When walking I have to be very careful about cars turning right at stop signs. Many don't stop and I have learned not to step into the street until they pass. I worry for children and older folks. Napa needs to enforce more traffic laws. In other cities where they ticket drivers for failure to yield to pedestrians the cars tend to stop much more often.


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