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Child narrowly escapes on-coming car. Safety questions raised

The city of San Mateo outside San Francisco is taking immediate action to improve safety after a video surfaced showing a girl nearly being hit by a car.

ABC7 News reports the approaching car clipped the girl’s scooter as she began to cross the street. The impact knocked the girl to the ground, but she escaped serious injury.

You can watch the horrifying scene in the video below.

“If it had been, you know, a few seconds later she could’ve gotten seriously injured,” Jison Hong, who captured the incident with his dashcam, said to ABC7. “Still, my heart kinda pounds every time I kinda think back to that moment.”

Eden Li says it was his daughter who narrowly escaped possible death.

He told the San Mateo Daily Journal that approaching vehicles don’t see the cross walk in time as they come around the bend. There is a flashing light, but no stop sign at the intersection. He would like to see a stop sign and a traffic signal.

“Once everything comes to capacity, there is going to be a lot more traffic and a lot more pedestrians,” Li said.

“This is not a new thing,” Hong said. “This is something we have been bringing up for a while.”

City manager Dave Corbett told ABC7 News the city would immediately reduce speeds by removing a lane, add an additional flashing light and increase police presence.

Corbett said just last month the city committed to studying the feasibility of a four way stop sign and to consider other engineering improvements.

KTVU reports the SUV which narrowly missed the car was driven by an inexperienced teenage driver who stopped to talk to police.

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