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Elderly Woman Hit, Killed in Palm Springs Crosswalk

The woman was not walking in a crosswalk when she was stuck Tuesday night, police said.

An elderly woman died Tuesday night when she was hit by a car near downtown Palm Springs, police said.

The unidentified woman was walking on South Palm Canyon Drive, near Avenida Palmera, when she was hit just before 6 p.m., according to Palm Springs Police Sergeant Mike Kovaleff.  She died at the scene.

According to Kovaleff, the woman was not in a crosswalk when she was hit by a Kia van.  The driver remained at the location.

"The preliminary investigation indicates that the Kia was traveling northbound on South Palm Canyon Drive, towards the intersection of Avenida Palmera," Kovaleff said.  "The pedestrian was walking westbound, across the northbound lanes of South Palm Canyon Drive, outside of any crosswalk area. The Kia struck the pedestrian in the roadway area north of Avenida Palmera."

Kovaleff said the area was slated to be closed for several hours Tuesday night as police investigators remained on scene, and urged motorists to steer clear of the area.

The following streets were closed during that investigation: 

  • South Palm Canyon Drive is closed to northbound traffic at Avenida Palmera.
  • South Palm Canyon Drive is closed to southbound traffic at Morongo Road.

Kovaleff added that it does not appear that alcohol or drugs were involved in the incident.

Anybody with information on this accident is asked to contact the Palm Springs Police Department at 760-323-8116. 

Charles Ferrell January 09, 2013 at 09:45 PM
I agree that tossing around terms like "elderly" serves no positive purpose. However, a reporter can only report the information that he or she is given by the police in this case. I am glad that Renee stayed on top of this story and got the information that the victim was 84. I suggest to the police department in this case that if they feel they should not yet release the name of the victim in this or any case, with good reason, they should wait until it is proper (usually after next of kin is properly informed first, for good reason), but the age of the victim does not have to be kept secret. The age of the victim was an important of the story, and releasing the age of the victim would not have compromised the police department in any manner. Good job following up, Renee.
Steven Hanson January 09, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Thank you Renee. I appreciate the clarification and just for the record I WOULD consider 84 to be elderly. Sorry if I overreacted to the term, but I've seen it to often assigned to many of us who are not even close to that term yet. The more important thing here is that, sadly, an 84 yr old woman was killed and that is, indeed an unfortunate tragedy.
Cilas Pinot January 10, 2013 at 06:46 AM
I saw her on the street shortly after she was hit, life lost tragically, semantics no longer matter especially for that person driving. Get a life while you still have one!
Renee Schiavone January 10, 2013 at 07:22 AM
Thanks, Charles! It is a sad story to have to follow up on, though...
Laurie January 10, 2013 at 11:52 AM
In the medical sense, 65+ years is considered elderly; 40-64 is considered middle aged, and 18-39 is considered young adult. That's what we learned in nursing school. It shouldnt be considered offensive to be called elderly. It means you're a survivor to make it to 65+ and statistics have to be kept. I hope to make it to 'elderly' status! :) My condolences to the woman's family. This is sad news.

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