Martinez woman hit while walking dog

Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 9:26 AM
Last updated Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 3:10 AM
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A Martinez woman remains hospitalized Friday morning after being hit by a car while walking her dog Thursday evening.

Sherryl Christine Gaffney, 46, of Old Trail Road, is listed in fair condition at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, hospital spokeswoman Toni Baker said.

Just before 6 p.m., Gaffney was walking her dog next to the curb on Old Trail Road East, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s office accident report.

A westbound Dodge Neon, driven by 22-year-old Jeannen Renee Hobbs, of Fairfax Street in Martinez, hit Gaffney. She was thrown onto the car windshield, then onto the road, the report stated.

Gaffney was deemed at-fault for the wreck because she was walking the wrong way, with traffic instead of against it, the report stated.

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Discussionstarter
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Discussionstarter 10/21/11 - 09:52 am
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We going to have alot of

We going to have alot of walkers that could be ticketed. Could the driver not see the woman walking!!!!!

hope7
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hope7 10/21/11 - 10:35 am
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What happened to her dog?

What happened to her dog? Praying for her recovery.

allhans
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allhans 10/21/11 - 10:44 am
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Put some of these drivers

Put some of these drivers behind the wheel and they have power over all mankind.

gnatman1102
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gnatman1102 10/21/11 - 10:53 am
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When walking along any road

When walking along any road without a sidewalk, the reason for the recommendation to walk on the left side, or against the flow of traffic, is to allow the walker to see approaching cars. It gives the walker a better chance to react to a car that may be approaching a bit to close for comfort.

If any citation is issued to the walker, it will likely be for jaywalking. I doubt the sheriff's office will. The woman has hopefully learned her lesson.

For the driver seeing the walker, nothing was said about what they saw. Was the setting Sun a problem? The accident happened around the time for this. Did the accident happen on a curve?

We know a woman was injured? I pray for a quick and full recovery. Hope the dog is OK. I also pray for the driver. It has to be traumatic for them. I'm sure there was no malicious intent.

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harley_52 10/21/11 - 11:04 am
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From the piece....."Gaffney

From the piece....."Gaffney was deemed at-fault for the wreck because she was walking the wrong way, with instead of against traffic, the report stated."

Apparently the same logic that requires walkers to walk against traffic doesn't apply to bike riders who must ride with traffic.

Both are much slower than, and unprotected from, cars and trucks with which they are sharing the road.

Makes no sense to me at all. Both should be facing the oncoming danger and prepared to react as quickly as possible to what they see coming at them.

I wish Mrs. Gaffney the best.

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bdouglas 10/21/11 - 11:12 am
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@DiscussionStarter: Doesn't

@DiscussionStarter: Doesn't sound to me like she was ticketed. Only deemed "at-fault", which to me means that it essentially just means the driver can't be ticketed.

Does make me wonder how that works with insurance if the lady's car was damaged in the accident. Does car insurance cover damage caused when you weren't in your car? Or does medical insurance cover that?

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Chillen 10/21/11 - 11:35 am
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I don't know if its the case

I don't know if its the case in this accident but in the last year I've noticed that drivers seem unbelievably distracted. I've almost been hit head on, side-swiped, rear ended, you name it. And that's just in one day on the road!

An old man was crossing the center line on Wash road in Evans next to me the other day. Over and over and over. I'd finally had enough & gave him a real gentle toot of the horn just to keep him from running into me - my son was in the passenger seat and I was worried about getting into a wreck with this clown. The old man looked over at me, glared at me and layed on his horn - all while he was fiddling with his cell phone!

People have gotten so rude. Common courtesy is disappearing.

It sounds like Ms. Gaffney is doing fine. I hope her dog is too.

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Willow Bailey 10/21/11 - 11:50 am
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When walking or biking, you

When walking or biking, you really can't assume the other person has their eyes on you or the road. I think most of it is cell phone addiction. All it takes is a couple of seconds to take another's life. So glad this lady will recover.

Yes, chillen, people are rude, impatient and distracted. They also think they are anonymous and use the opportunity to vent their anger and disappointments. I usually smile and wave to them. I will admit though, that strategy almost got me beat up one day at McDonalds! My daughter's been laughing about that one since she was 8 years old.

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allhans 10/21/11 - 11:56 am
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I guess I am spoiled. I live

I guess I am spoiled. I live in a residential area that has some narrow streets, some brick streets and some with speed limits of 25mph.
Parents push their babies in strollers, ride golf carts, jog...and we all get along. I love it, I don't mind slowing and sharing with pedestrians and slow traffic on a city street.

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omnomnom 10/21/11 - 12:07 pm
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it'd be nice if every

it'd be nice if every suburban or urban street (main roads) came with sidewalks. poor lady.

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jlhs32 10/21/11 - 12:53 pm
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I have lived in Columbia

I have lived in Columbia County for fives years. As a walker or jogger, YOU must pay constant attention and move accordingly. This is the largest number of young and/or distracted drivers (as they are not all young) that I have EVER seen in my twenty years jogging.

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corgimom 10/21/11 - 03:35 pm
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I always walk facing traffic-

I always walk facing traffic- I don't trust any driver, I want to make sure I see them even if they can't/won't/don't see me.

That woman is INCREDIBLY LUCKY that she wasn't killed.

corgimom
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corgimom 10/21/11 - 03:37 pm
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And bat57, there is NOTHING

And bat57, there is NOTHING in that story to suggest that the driver was texting on a cell phone. What an irresponsible thing to say.

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FoxRox 10/21/11 - 04:45 pm
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According to the Columbia

According to the Columbia News-Times update, the dog was not injured. I hope for a full recovery of Ms. Gaffney and it must help to know her dog is okay.

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KSL 10/21/11 - 05:15 pm
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I could have hit a woman the

I could have hit a woman the other day. The road was narrow, there were two cars stopped on the side of the road, but not all the way off the road on the other side of my lane. The sun was straight ahead in my eyes and this foolish woman was standing on the edge of the pavement. I was paying close attention to the road because of the blinding sun and I didn't see her until I passed her. That is the closest I have ever come to hitting anyone. It was unnerving. And, no I wasn't on my cell phone or eating or messing with the radio or doing anything but trying to get to my destination safely.

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Vito45 10/21/11 - 05:48 pm
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Yea KSL, this time of year is

Yea KSL, this time of year is tough. I've been temporarily blinded when the sun catches the windshield at just the right angle and you can't see anything, even with the visor down. I think the windshield develops a thin chemical film on the inside from evaporating cleaners like armor-all and the like, and it acts as a photometric filter. You are trying to look through a piece of frosted glass for all practical purposes. Very scary when it happens.

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Discussionstarter 10/21/11 - 09:00 pm
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Even living in a gated

Even living in a gated community does not help; the speeding in West Lake is unbelievable. Today a young girl was driving on the wrong side of the road; looked like she was dialing her phone. Walking on our roads [in the golf cart lane] is putting your life in jeopardy.

Discussionstarter
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Discussionstarter 10/21/11 - 09:00 pm
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Even living in a gated

Even living in a gated community does not help; the speeding in West Lake is unbelievable. Today a young girl was driving on the wrong side of the road; looked like she was dialing her phone. Walking on our roads [in the golf cart lane] is putting your life in jeopardy.

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Cadence 10/21/11 - 09:15 pm
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Last week I was run into a

Last week I was run into a shallow ditch by a girl on a cell phone and two days later I was backed into by a girl on a cell phone. I think it should be illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving period.

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KSL 10/21/11 - 09:37 pm
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If you are an experienced

If you are an experienced driver on, say, the Interstate, I see no problem with answering your phone and speaking briefly. I don't think that is anymore distracting than talking to passengers.

Cadence, you said "girl." That implies a young driver. Years ago when my sons were in highschool, my best friend worked for an insurance agency. Of course our insurance shot up when the boys got their licenses. Not a blimp on the screen when her daughters got insurance. It was common knowledge that accidents involving girl drivers far out numbered those involving boy drivers. Many didn't go reported as the victims took pity on the young ladies, and of course, they were mishaps and fender benders.My sons parked car was hit by a girl at the high school. She didn't have the decency to admit she had done it and we had to file under comprehensive. But he knew who did it.

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allhans 10/21/11 - 09:42 pm
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If the lady was thrown onto

If the lady was thrown onto the windshield and then onto the street, does that mean the car was traveling too fast?

allhans
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allhans 10/21/11 - 09:44 pm
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With all the things that

With all the things that might have happened we aren't safe in our car either. It could easily have been a car rather than a person if the driver couldn't see.

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KelPierson 10/22/11 - 02:36 am
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I lived in that neighborhood

I lived in that neighborhood for many years and still have family who live both on and near Old Trail Rd. That road is a death trap. People speed through there and have no regard for people, other cars, animals, etc. Add to that the excessive number of cars parked on the curbs and having to drive around them, it is like driving on an obstace course. When I complained to CCSO about the speed, I was told they cannot run radar and write speeding tickets in a residential area. I have no clue whether the driver was using a cell phone, but I can guarantee she was speeding.

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paraprofessional 10/22/11 - 06:40 am
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How can people speed through

How can people speed through when there are speed bumps all along Old Trail in Columbia County? There is a small part in Richmond Cty but it isn't much.

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class1 10/22/11 - 09:44 am
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They have sidewalks in high

They have sidewalks in high grove/Evans and in the morning walkers are in the street.

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Vito45 10/22/11 - 09:46 am
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Parapro, I lobbied for speed

Parapro, I lobbied for speed bumps in my old neighborhood and finally got them a few months before we moved. They did slow people down in some key places, like coming down the hill in front of my house; but instead of maintaining 20-25mph so they could glide over the humps and keep a steady pace, the flippin idiots jack rabbit between the humps then jam on brakes, then jack rabbit to the next one.

If someone reads this and sees themselves doing what I describe, you ARE demonstrably STUPID.

allhans
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allhans 10/22/11 - 12:27 pm
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I tell you..people want power

I tell you..people want power and when they get behind the wheel of a car they feel powerful. "Get out of the way, I am in control here..."

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