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Witnesses Describe Pedestrian Crash

Two readers recall a "horrific" scene after Mariam Hedayati, 43, was struck by a car Monday afternoon as she used a crosswalk on Moulton Parkway.

Mariam Hedayati, 43, of Laguna Niguel remained in critical condition at Mission Hospital after being struck by a car Monday as she used a crosswalk on Moulton Parkway.

Hedayati suffered head trauma and a severed left leg, authorities said. The driver was released pending an investigation.

Two people who said they were at the scene wrote to Patch about what they saw:

Lisa Pawlik:

"I stopped to see if there was anything I could do. ... She landed at least 200-300 feet away from where she was hit. Part of her leg was laying further down the street. At first I didn't think she was alive, but then saw she was breathing. The paramedics then arrived and took the lady and the leg. ... It was very horrific and I will not forget what I saw. I just hope she will be OK. ... My prayers are with her and her family."

Tom Clarke:

"I was ... waiting at the red light in the No. 2 southbound lane on Moulton. Seemed like the guy [who] hit the lady made a left-hand turn from Aliso Niguel and was accelerating rapidly. Then all I could see was what I thought was smoke, probably from his brakes locking up, and a lot of papers flying. Then I saw the guy jump out of his car and kind of run/hop across Moulton. It wasn't until I drove slowly past his disabled car that I saw the woman lying on the other side of the median on Moulton and realized he had hit her. His car was really messed up, so I assume she was hurt very badly. Was going to stop to help but there were many others that had done so. The image has been bothering me ever since. Hope she makes it."

Tell us in comments if you were at the scene.

Happy Camper October 03, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Omg people, SLOW DOWN! Prayers for Ms. Hedayati.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 04:00 AM
@Happy: Agree, 100 percent. Slow Down!
Leonard Kinkade October 03, 2012 at 05:40 AM
How many is that since Mara Steves Death last valentine Day, 2011? How many more will the citizens of Laguna Niguel will be injured or killed until state traffic laws are enforced? If the Sheriff's Department can't solve this problem, maybe it's time to ask the CHP to do traffic in our city!
Leonard Kinkade October 03, 2012 at 05:45 AM
How many is that since Mara Steves Death last valentine Day, 2011? How many more citizens of Laguna Niguel will be injured or killed until state traffic laws are enforced? If the Sheriff's Department can't solve this problem, maybe it's time to ask the CHP to do traffic in our city!
Rich Encinas October 03, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Why would you blame the Sheriff's Dept. for the actions of one irresponsible individual? What wee they supposed to have done to prevent this tragic accident?
Farshid October 03, 2012 at 11:12 PM
How fast should we drive on Public street to be able to throw a pedestrian 300 feet from the point of impact. The impact was so severe that one of her legs separated from her body. My Prayers for Maryam and her family. I am not sure how her poor Mom will receive the news.
Leonard Kinkade October 10, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Rich, If the Sheriff's office cannot stop speeding in our city, who can? The fire Authority, Moulten Niguel water co., Cox Cable? That's the Sheriff's job, that why they get paid to big bucks to develop traffic calming plans that slow down traffic in our city. I think they need to put out some traffic cars in the afternoon going into the evening to cite individuals who think LN is a race way. Yes, I do blame the Sheriff Dept. They are paid to prevent reckless and speeding drivers in our city. If they can't do it at current staffing levels maybe they should use their reserves or spend some overtime funds to get the job done. I just don't want anyone else, including you Rich, from being hurt or injured in our city.

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