Skip to comments.Cops: Teen's death linked to cell use
Posted on 01/30/2014 7:23:39 PM PST by South40
CHULA VISTA A 15-year-old girl was distracted by her cellphone when she walked into the path of a semi-truck that struck and killed her in Otay Mesa Wednesday evening, San Diego police said Thursday.
A small bouquet of yellow flowers and a pink balloon in the shape of a butterfly were tied to a post near Otay Mesa Lane and La Media Road where Noemi Mendoza, a Castle Park High School sophomore, was killed.
The girls death has highlighted a troubling phenomenon that researchers call distracted walking, when pedestrians immersed in their electronics put themselves in harms way.
Noemi was crossing the street shortly after 5 p.m. when she was hit by an eastbound semi that was making a right turn onto La Media at a green light, police said.
The girls brother tried to pull his sister away from the truck, but she lost her balance and fell under the semis rear wheels, police said. She died at the scene.
Her brother also was hit by the truck but was not hurt, police said.
The accident continues to be investigated, but no charges are expected against the truck driver, police said.
This was a really, really sad case, traffic Lt. Andrew Hoffman said Thursday.
Crisis counselors were at Castle Park High School in Chula Vista Thursday to talk with students who knew Noemi, said Nadege Johnson, a Sweetwater Union High School District spokeswoman. The district released the girls name.
Bobby Murillo, a 17-year-old senior who shared a French class with Noemi, said even students who didnt know her were mourning.
We lost a Trojan today, he said, referring to the schools nickname. All her friends are devastated.
Jim Stone, executive director of WalkSanDiego, an organization dedicated to making San Diegos neighborhoods more walkable, said he recently watched a young man, engrossed on his cellphone, nearly walk in front of a trolley car before hearing its horn blare.
I think its a no-brainer to come to the conclusion that some people put themselves at risk when using their phones, he said.
According to a 2013 nationwide study by Ohio State University researchers, about 250 pedestrians who went to an emergency room in 2005 said they were using a cellphone when they were injured, compared to about 1,500 similar visits in 2010. One 14-year-old boy was on his cellphone when he fell 6 to 8 feet off a bridge, injuring his chest and shoulders, the study said.
Young people, ages 16 to 25, were most likely to report distracted walking incidents, the study said.
At the local university I see many students crossing the street while looking at their phones/pods/whatevers, and PAY NO ATTENTION to traffic.
I’m surprised there’s not more of this - - perhaps the numbers will catch up.
smart phones ha ha ha
darwin award candidate
Fourty years ago, folks generally had their nose in a book or newspaper when they walked into things or stepped out into traffic.
Yesterday’s stupid people knew more than today’s stupid people.
Yes, they read more, or at least they did for awhile, until they tried to cross the street. I do not see many people doing that here. Maybe they are a little smarter, but traffic is murder too.
Sad waste and needless death. My prayers for her and her family.
I hope San Diego’s TV news channels and radio are broadcasting this tragedy so that other teens who happen to even casually pay attention to news, might benefit.
a long as they report it on Twitter maybe
Around here we refer to them as ITards.
I generally don’t watch TV news but I did yesterday. Mrs. 40 and I attended the State of the County Address and I wanted to see what was said about that. This story made all the channels. I have no idea how or if this poor girl’s death will bring focus to the issue of kids’ needing to pay attention. We can only hope.
LOL. You're right.
Or Instagram or whatever the newest rage.
Thanks so much for telling me.
We can only hope and pray that something good comes from her tragic death.
Those damn cell phones have their place, but teens forget to pay attention to surroundings, just like adults when driving!!!!
Sad. If she had lived a few more years, she could have been driving instead of walking. Then she would have been perfectly safe while she answered that urgent text. /s
Somehow, reading a novel or newspaper while absentmindedly walking into traffic makes more sense. At 15, the poor girl was perhaps reading nothing more than another, "OMG. He said that? OMG again!" text. :(
While I'm always finding ways to convince myself that I'm smarter than others in the "I would never do that" sense to convince myself that nothing bad will happen to me, the reality is, "There, but for the grace of God, go I". I do mindless, potentially very stupid, things every single day. Her family and friends have my heartfelt prayers as they will spend the rest of their lives saying, "if only". :(
And had some passerby seen the danger to her and grabbed her out of harm’s way, he’d have been charged with assault.