Councilman involved in accident Wednesday
September 20, 2002
A traffic accident involving a La Verne City Councilman and a pedestrian,
which left the pedestrian in critical condition took place at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday at the 3200 Block of D Street.
According to La Verne Police, Councilman Patrick Gatti, 59, hit pedestrian
Sharan Singh, 62, who was pushing a wheelchair across the street at the
LVPD officers found Singh unconscious at the scene apparently struck
by Gatti's vehicle, police said.
Sing was taken to Los Angeles County/University of Southern California
Medical Center's intensive care unit, where he was listed in critical condition
following the accident, said California Highway Patrol spokesman John Escobeto.
Investigations on the cause of the accident are still in progress, police
"The investigations have been taken over by the California Highway
Patrol because of Gatti's position at the city of La Verne," said
La Verne police Sgt. Steve Kirk.
At the time of the accident, Gatti was going southbound at roughly 30
miles per hour while Singh was attempting to cross the street, police said.
Singh was not at a crosswalk, police said.
After Singh reached the middle of the street, he started waving traffic
to pass through, police said. Gatti's vehicle struck him shortly after he
resumed crossing, said John Escobeto, CHP Spokesman for the Baldwin Park
Singh was airlifted to the hospital, said La Verne resident Jose Savedra,
who had seen the pedestrian walking across the same street on other occasions.
Gatti, who also owns the La Verne Florist shop on D Street, said he
had no comment on the incident.