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Puppy Distracts Driver; Woman Struck By Car In Lakeland Village

The incident occurred around 8 a.m. near the street address of 18320 Grand Avenue.

UPDATED at 9:20 a.m.: The woman who struck a pedestrian in Lakeland Village Monday morning was distracted by a puppy in her car, a California Highway Patrol officer has confirmed.

The driver was traveling northbound on Grand Avenue in a maroon Ford Taurus when she got distracted by the pet, CHP Officer Whited explained. The puppy got under the gas or brake pedal; the driver's attention was diverted and she inadvertently swerved onto the right shoulder where the adult female pedestrian was, Whited continued.

The incident occurred around 8 a.m. near the street address of 18320 Grand Avenue.

The woman who was struck was clad in pajamas. Whited described her injuries as "not serious." She was transported to a nearby hospital.

Weekday mornings are typically busy along Grand Avenue, as children -- often accompanied by their parents -- walk to nearby schools.

No other victims were involved in Monday's mishap.

Whited said there is no law requiring pets to be restrained in vehicles, however he said animals cannot be interacting with the driver.

"They [pets] should be restrained," he said, noting that today's incident was a case of distracted driving.

Drugs and/or alcohol are not suspected in today's crash. --Daniel Lane contributed to this report.


cami October 24, 2012 at 04:38 PM
First of all, who gives a crap what the woman (Shawna) was wearing! Why does that even MATTER!?! That has absolutely no impact on ANYTHING. So sad and obnoxious to see people already starting to judge her when we know NOTHING about her. I swear, internet makes people judgmental and rude. Secondly, the driver is not a moron. It clearly states in the article that the puppy somehow got down by the pedals. I have had this happen before when I first got my puppy and had to pull over and crate her. Accidents happen and people make mistakes. How about a little empathy for people and trying to help instead of always condemning and thinking you are above and better than everyone else? So sick of this kind of crap. Bottom line, so thankful everyone is ok.
Karen P October 24, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Geez Cami, Take a chill pill. I was just commenting on the fact that the article felt it necessary to mention that Shawna was wearing PJ's. No, Judgement was made about Shawna. Secondly, anyone who thinks they can drive a car with an untrained puppy loose in the vehicle is a moron. That is not a judgement, that is a fact! Since everyone here is commenting on something after the fact, nothing we say positive or negative has ANY impact on ANYTHING. I have all the sympathy in the world for Shawna, but none for the driver. @Shawna, I am happy to hear that you were not too badly injured.
The Teller of Truth October 24, 2012 at 10:41 PM
@Karen, I would like to believe that these articles (many AFTER the fact) do indeed have an "impact" on the readers. I, for one, have learned a great deal from reading the Patch every day. Not only do I have the ability to actually listen to ALL sides of peoples comments & opinions, but I can sift through these supposedly unbiased reports on the news. Lastly & most importantly, I can get a sense of the psychological outlook of my neighbors and community and that should & does have an "impact" on every one. Take good care!
Karen P October 25, 2012 at 02:52 AM
@teller, You are correct. I should have said that nothing we say here can have an impact on what already happened. But, hopefully it will make others think about how their actions and lack of forethought can have an impact on future events.
Constant Comment October 25, 2012 at 03:54 AM
At the very least I think this driver should get a citation for distracted driving, just like being on a cell phone. I think the minute the driver knew that she did not have full control over the animal, she probably should have stopped or slowed the vehicle. I doubt that the dog had any affect on the steering, so I assume that she took her eyes off the road as she steered into the Mom. Glad everyone is ok! }~)

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