Man Survives Being Hit by Cars Twice
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CREATED Jan. 15, 2013
CATHEDRAL CITY--A recent rash of pedestrians hit and killed in Coachella Valley roads has prompted many viewers to call in and share their stories about pedestrian safety.
On Monday night we reported another two pedestrians had been killed while crossing the street, bringing the total this past week to four. Following our report, many of you wrote to us and called with stories of unsafe roads and near misses. Now, we bring you the story of one man who survived being hit by a car twice in just the past few months.
Two of Steve Walczy's bikes have seen better days on the road. Their frames are bent, seats twisted, and pedals too damaged to even turn.
"There was a younger gentleman making a left hand turn and just turned looking right through me and sent me flying," hit-and-run survivor Steve Walczy said.
Steve's been hit by cars twice in just the past 7 months. The latest accident left him on the operating table with torn ligaments in his shoulder.
The first time Steve was hit was at the corner of Crossley and Ramon. The second time was on the corner of Ramon and Paseo Dorotea. Steve was in the crosswalk both times with the signal going and he had the right of way.
"The driver is not always going to be the at fault. The main thing is to stop at the scene," Palm Springs Police Sergeant Mike Kovaleff said.
The driver did stop after the first accident. The second time around, the driver sped off but returned a short time later. Steve chose not to press criminal charges since the driver came back. Now he's urging all drivers to pay more attention.
"If it was an elderly person during the day that got hit, their bones are so brittle, that would be another death," Walczy said.
He's hoping the reflective tires and flashing lights he's added to his newest bike will be enough to stop traffic.
The best thing to do is to use the crosswalk and make sure that walk signal is on when you cross, but drivers, also keep your eyes and ears open. Local law enforcement says remember to share the road.