After a man driving an SUV struck 17-year-old Los Altos High School student Annie Frates as she crossed Almond Avenue at North Gordon Way walking to school, the city council voted unanimously Tuesday to put a crossing guard at the typically busy intersection during the morning commute.
“It’s a very serious situation,” Los Altos High School Principal Wynne Satterwhite told councilmembers. “This is a community issue. We want to be a part of the solution and work hand in hand with the city.”
Frates, who was hit in August, went to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and has since recovered.
The crossing guard would cost approximately $7,800 per year, according to Jim Gustafson, engineering services manager for Los Altos. The council may later discuss installed a raised crosswalks with or without flashing lights, which would cost approximately $31,000, Gustafson said.