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92-Year-Old Man Strikes Teenagers in Crosswalk

One boy reportedly sustained a skull fracture, the other sustained abrasions.

A 92-year-old man struck and injured two 14-year-old boys in a crosswalk in Sonoma this afternoon, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.

The driver, Sonoma resident Levon Arkelian, was driving south on Fifth Street West around 12:40 p.m. today when he struck the boys in the crosswalk at Curtin Lane, Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Spencer Crum said.

One boy was taken to the hospital for treatment of a possible skull fracture, while the other was treated for abrasions and released.

The crosswalk, located in front Sassarini Elementary School, has yellow flashing lights embedded in the roadway and a flashing sign, both of which were activated when the boys were struck.

Speed and alcohol are not considered factors in the accident, but Arkelian apparently did not see the boys, Crum said.

He was cited for failing to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk and referred to the Department of Motor Vehicles for reexamination of his right to hold a driver's license, Crum said said.

Loretta Carr October 28, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Just as there is a minimum age to hold a driver's license, there should be a maximum age. No 92 year old should still be driving. Sorry.
Angela White October 29, 2012 at 02:33 AM
This is really sad, I am sure the man feels terrible. He should definitely consider hanging up his keys.
Dee Baucher October 29, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I totally agree. As people age they loose reflexes, eyesight, hearing, the ability to respond rapidly to physical changes, balance, and many other cognitive capabilities. While these types of disabilities are not restricted to seniors, they are very common in people as they become older than 70 years. It is time for our state to demand greater assessment of senior drivers, such as medical evaluations to document an individual's competence to drive, as well as routine driving evaluations for license renewals. There are many very senior drivers (like this 92 year old man) in our town, and we are all at risk with them on the road. Alternative transportation should be made available for them, but continuing to allow them to drive is unacceptable.

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