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Puppy Distracts Driver; Woman Struck By Car In Lakeland Village

The incident occurred around 8 a.m. near the street address of 18320 Grand Avenue.

UPDATED at 9:20 a.m.: The woman who struck a pedestrian in Lakeland Village Monday morning was distracted by a puppy in her car, a California Highway Patrol officer has confirmed.

The driver was traveling northbound on Grand Avenue in a maroon Ford Taurus when she got distracted by the pet, CHP Officer Whited explained. The puppy got under the gas or brake pedal; the driver's attention was diverted and she inadvertently swerved onto the right shoulder where the adult female pedestrian was, Whited continued.

The incident occurred around 8 a.m. near the street address of 18320 Grand Avenue.

The woman who was struck was clad in pajamas. Whited described her injuries as "not serious." She was transported to a nearby hospital.

Weekday mornings are typically busy along Grand Avenue, as children -- often accompanied by their parents -- walk to nearby schools.

No other victims were involved in Monday's mishap.

Whited said there is no law requiring pets to be restrained in vehicles, however he said animals cannot be interacting with the driver.

"They [pets] should be restrained," he said, noting that today's incident was a case of distracted driving.

Drugs and/or alcohol are not suspected in today's crash. --Daniel Lane contributed to this report.


Stfu October 22, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Its pretty sad that this woman was one of the very few who were actually on the shoulder walking and still gets struck by a vehicle...
Pickles October 22, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Driving with dogs on your lap is illegal.
ROBERT BLACKMEN October 22, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Old people and there dogs..I mean I love my dogs but in,your front seat..really..its a no brainier.. if it was a pole then may be she would have learned..but some one walk there kid to School does no deserve that.
The Teller of Truth October 22, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Sounds a little 'fishy' to me.........
Jason EHS '99 October 22, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Driver must feel aweful. Hope the victim is ok
Pickle Pusher October 22, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Very tragic indeed....
Doug October 22, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Are you crazy or what the stupid dog causes the accident and your more concerned how the dog is, not a mention of the poor woman.
kylee October 22, 2012 at 07:03 PM
who cares about the damn dog what about the driver is she ok
Doug October 22, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Thanks to Arnold he wouldn't pass a law There are no laws that govern where your pet sits in your car; however, for your dog's safety, your safety and the safety of other drivers, you should not allow your pet to ride in the front seat. If you have to make a sudden stop, your dog can be thrown through the windshield. There is also the risk of your pet climbing into the driver's seat and interfering with your driving. He could also be thrown into the floor and interfere with your access to gas and brake pedals. Airbags also pose a risk to pets. If the airbag were to deploy, it has enough force to potentially injure a dog. Restraints Again, the law does not require that you restrain your pet in a vehicle; however, for everyone's safety, pets should not be allowed to ride unrestrained. Unrestrained pets can interfere with driving, become hazardous projectiles if there is an accident, or hit or go through the windshield. There are several options for restraining a pet inside a car. Most pet supply stores sell harnesses that double as seat belts for dogs. A pet barrier across the back seat of your vehicle is an option. Or, you can place your dog in a crate.
KevWild October 22, 2012 at 07:38 PM
: Me too Jason.
J Carabine October 22, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Sorry for the puppy? Really a person was injured but this lady's carelessness. Get a crate for your puppy! This could have ended much worse for both parties.
Doug October 22, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Oralia this class your taking I would stick with the 3 letter words if I were you. and then go on to the four letter ones.
J Carabine October 22, 2012 at 08:39 PM
http://www.petco.com/N_4294956566_4294965622/Collars-Harnesses-And-Leashes-Harnesses.aspx?cm_mmc=GOOGLEOFF-_-06:DOG%20FUN%20and%20EXER%20%28RES%29-_-62-DOG_COLLARS-HARNESS_PET_RES-_-pet%20harnessp
Karen P October 22, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Am I the only one here that finds it strange that the woman that was struck was "wearing pajamas"? Not that I do not have sympathy for her, I am glad it was not more serious.
oralia October 22, 2012 at 09:35 PM
dearest freind doug, i was taut that you are is you're so you go to english scool to!
Mozzie October 22, 2012 at 11:29 PM
I don't think we need any more laws. People are always going to do stupid things. Educating them would be a better option.
Diana October 23, 2012 at 12:54 AM
More laws, more laws, how about when you're behind the wheel of your car that you have some common sense, things like this is why we have all the stupid laws in the first place because people can't think for themselves anymore. Grand Ave is dangerous all on it's own without any distractions while you are driving. I hope this Lady that was hit isn't injured to badly, and I hope the Lady that hit her learned a lesson and has insurance because that will be the next move of how much you going to pay me. Seriously!
Pickle Pusher October 23, 2012 at 03:48 AM
We need no fault insurance in California. This would be a case not covered by no fault but this cost would be more than off set by the savings of no fault (Vehicle on Vehicle) of course lawyers, liberals don't believe in streamlining cost.
Anthony October 23, 2012 at 05:48 AM
Re pave Grand Avenue and put 2 lanes in each direction as was planed years ago. Put in a sidewalk and a "K"-Rail" barrier on both sides of the street on the edge of the sidewalk. Problem solved! Of course there's no money for this. Grand Ave is a joke!
Shawna October 23, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Thank you for everyones concern.... there was parts left out that I would like to take the moment to feel in.... I was walking home from bringing my son to school.... I was in pj pants because it was cold outside and they were warm.... grand ave is not safe for parents and child who have to walk this everyday.... i pray this never happens to another parent especially if they do have their kids with them it couldve ended a different way....
Lisa Orr October 23, 2012 at 03:21 PM
How many more people have to be hit for them to realize not bussing kids to school is dangerous?!
Cathy October 23, 2012 at 07:49 PM
@Shawna,, I am glad you are ok..
The Teller of Truth October 23, 2012 at 11:27 PM
So the latest defense is PUPPY PEDAL ??? (I'll have to write that one down!)
Shawna October 24, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Thanks cathy
cami October 24, 2012 at 04:38 PM
First of all, who gives a crap what the woman (Shawna) was wearing! Why does that even MATTER!?! That has absolutely no impact on ANYTHING. So sad and obnoxious to see people already starting to judge her when we know NOTHING about her. I swear, internet makes people judgmental and rude. Secondly, the driver is not a moron. It clearly states in the article that the puppy somehow got down by the pedals. I have had this happen before when I first got my puppy and had to pull over and crate her. Accidents happen and people make mistakes. How about a little empathy for people and trying to help instead of always condemning and thinking you are above and better than everyone else? So sick of this kind of crap. Bottom line, so thankful everyone is ok.
Karen P October 24, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Geez Cami, Take a chill pill. I was just commenting on the fact that the article felt it necessary to mention that Shawna was wearing PJ's. No, Judgement was made about Shawna. Secondly, anyone who thinks they can drive a car with an untrained puppy loose in the vehicle is a moron. That is not a judgement, that is a fact! Since everyone here is commenting on something after the fact, nothing we say positive or negative has ANY impact on ANYTHING. I have all the sympathy in the world for Shawna, but none for the driver. @Shawna, I am happy to hear that you were not too badly injured.
The Teller of Truth October 24, 2012 at 10:41 PM
@Karen, I would like to believe that these articles (many AFTER the fact) do indeed have an "impact" on the readers. I, for one, have learned a great deal from reading the Patch every day. Not only do I have the ability to actually listen to ALL sides of peoples comments & opinions, but I can sift through these supposedly unbiased reports on the news. Lastly & most importantly, I can get a sense of the psychological outlook of my neighbors and community and that should & does have an "impact" on every one. Take good care!
Karen P October 25, 2012 at 02:52 AM
@teller, You are correct. I should have said that nothing we say here can have an impact on what already happened. But, hopefully it will make others think about how their actions and lack of forethought can have an impact on future events.
Constant Comment October 25, 2012 at 03:54 AM
At the very least I think this driver should get a citation for distracted driving, just like being on a cell phone. I think the minute the driver knew that she did not have full control over the animal, she probably should have stopped or slowed the vehicle. I doubt that the dog had any affect on the steering, so I assume that she took her eyes off the road as she steered into the Mom. Glad everyone is ok! }~)

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