Woman and child in buggy injured and in hospital after being knocked down on zebra crossing in Guaza

Photo: Arona Policía Local.

A woman and her child, which she was pushing in a buggy, have been injured after being knocked down while crossing a zebra crossing on the main road in Guaza. Police and Emergency Services say that the accident happened around 1pm and that the woman suffered shoulder injuries and moderate cuts and bruises. Thankfully she is otherwise unharmed, and mercifully, the child had nothing worse than light cuts and bruises. Both were transferred to Hospitén Sur where they are said not to be in any danger.

I can imagine that after two accidents this morning on Arona’s roads, and the tragedy in Adeje recently where Carter Carson was the victim of a hit and run driver, there will be calls for something to be done. Quite what can actually be done is another matter, of course, but surely now “statistical bunching” is not a sufficient answer where lives are at stake, and where we might consider ourselves fortunate that no more than one has died.

8 Comments

  1. Its legal here to park so close to a crossing its often impossible to see the person until they are well onto the crossing,also people think they can stride out without looking!if I am walking and want to cross I check the oncoming traffic speed!!!!!if its fast,I wait.

  2. We witnessed a man being sent flying by a taxi whilst he was crossing a zebra crossing outside the Apollo centre, los Cristianos, several weeks ago. Police took 15 minutes to arrive, the ambulance even longer. His arm moved slightly in this time. Was anything publicly reported on this? do you know if he survived?

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    I don’t usually report traffic incidents which don’t have serious injuries or fatalities – otherwise it is all I’d ever report. Occasionally there are several incidents around the same time and that makes them newsworthy. In the case you mention, it was in the list of emergency services incidents but the victim was not seriously injured and there were no other factors that made it worthy of being reported.

  4. Thank you so much Janet, my children witnessed it too so I can now tell them the man was ok.

  5. False conclusions would hamper road safety progress e g the latest lucky escapes reported here. But, surely bonkers crossings with cars parked on them must be altered now – some hatching – to save lives – no brainer. !

  6. Crossing the road with all diagonally parked vans is also a challenge. You only see the traffic coming when you are halfway on the road.
    I am a daily road user and I can assure you that we are lucky that there are no more accidents and casualties.
    Irresponsible and stupid people, sorry. The best I saw last week was a woman with a buggy on foot on the road between Adeje and Armeñime. Unbelievable. Please, do not misunderstand.
    On the other hand understandable if you can not do otherwise. There are no footpaths or cycle paths anywhere. Another misery on the road. Tenerife still needs years before they can speak of a modern island, adapted to the contemporary needs of tourists and residents. There are so many examples in the world. Pedestrians, cyclists, metro, train, transport etc. All neatly integrated. The only thing that seems to function well here is the construction of hotels.
    I can show you places and traffic signs that cause a lot of confusion and dangerous situations.
    This morning I saw ten wrongly parked cars at 400m. In the centre of Adeje. Impossible to let a fire truck pass. Every day and no one intervenes. Adeje wakes up.

  7. I have only been here a few months but have noticed that a lot of drivers are in such a rush and have a “get out of my way attitude”. Only to overtake others not stop at crossings and end up in the same time position and looking like a total ego imature tools if only they used a bit of patience. No one is more important that anybody else and respect to pedestrians and other drivers should be the forfront of driving practice. The way you drive shows what type of person you are and i know which type i would rather be.

  8. Quite what can actually be done is another matter, of course

    I am no lover of speed cameras but having lived here for 13 years they would be a welcomed sight on most Tenerife roads/streets (for me).

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