A pickup pulling out onto 101 from Abbey did so in front of a sedan that hit the truck hard, T-Boned it.
The truck rolled over on its side. Thedriver unhurt. His six week old white puppy bolted from the vehicle. They’re still looking for it. The woman in the sedan suffered an injured leg. She was transported a block to PCH.
The driver of the pickup, who did not appear to be impaired in any way, said he stopped behind the crosswalk and looked both ways and didn’t see anyone coming from the south. Then he pulled onto the crosswalk to try to get a clearer view to the north but a tree was slightly blocking his view. He said he still didn’t see anything and so he pulled out into the intersection, right in the path of a brown Honda that was traveling in the right southbound lane. The Honda T-boned his pick-up and it was rolled up onto its side in the left southbound lane. The Honda came to rest in the right southbound lane.
The driver of the pickup said there is a small tree growing right in the line of sight of drivers coming from the west on Abbey. When they stop behind the crosswalk, as the law requires, the view of oncoming traffic is completely blocked. He said he pulled forward just a bit to try to see better and then when he thought it was safe to do so, he pulled out. It was then that the Honda sedan hit him broadside,
Driver of the pickup trying to turn left was cited for “Dangerous Left Turn.”
As you can see from the last two pictures, the view for drivers on West Abbey attempting to access Highway 101 have their view completely blocked to the north IF they stop behind the crosswalk as required by law. One must pull onto the crosswalk and and nearly cross the line into the highway in order to get an unobstructed view of oncoming traffic.