An unidentified blind man was seriously injured after being hit by a vehicle that was running a red light in an intersection in Anaheim.
The blind man, who was with a red-tipped white cane, was reportedly crossing the intersection of Gilbert Street and Lincoln Avenue when he was struck by a 65-year-old driver who fled the scene after the accident.
The pedestrian was thrown about 30 feet and was rushed to UCI Medical Center to be treated for his serious injuries. The driver of the vehicle surrendered to Irvine police hours after the accident. He was detained on suspicion of hit-and-run.
Drivers must yield to blind pedestrians AT ALL TIMES. Once the driver spots a pedestrian carrying a white cane, with or without a red tip, he must stop his vehicle not more than five feet from the crosswalk to allow the pedestrian safely cross the road.
Keep in mind that these pedestrians rely on the sound of the approaching vehicle and so drivers of hybrid and electric cars must be more cautious and alert when nearing a crosswalk or making a turn to prevent these accidents from happening.