First of all I would like to say that I hope the elderly woman will make a 100 percent recovery. However, I would like to also use the opportunity to point out a view of my observations, which are of course based on my professional experiences.
The vast majority of motorist and pedestrians really do not pay attention while they're on the city streets. mothers pushing strollers or walking along the sidewalks allow their toddlers to run out to far ahead of them. Pedestrians waiting for the "Walk" green light to come on will step off the sidewalk when it does, and never look to their left or right, in order to make sure a car isn't barreling down on them.
Motorist follow to close, on the street, and on the freeways. Try this as test. While your waiting at a red light, you may experience another car just drive up right up on your tail with nothing but a few feet between you. Next, move up a foot or two. Make sure your not blocking the crosswalk. 99 percent of the time, the motorist behind you will also creep up on your tail. He just wants to be close and personal, just in case someone rear ends him, so he can be knocked into you and get you in the mix.
Then when the light turns green, drivers never wait a second or two, or look to see if cross traffic is about to run a red light. Check out the pedestrians standing on the corner. Always too close to the street. Especially at the intersections. If a traffic collision occurs there, where do you think the cars are going to possibly end up? You got it! right on the corner sidewalk. So you say it's someone else's fault. Does it really matter when your hurt. Sure it does, but be wise, be heads up, have a plan, have a place to go if a two ton car decides to take your spot on the sidewalk.
You see, it takes a lot of mental attitude to safely navigate our streets and sidewalks. Sunday Drivers, ever hear the term? If someone ever points out your driving mistakes, take heed, don't be proud, or ignorant to take heed. They just may have a point. Be safe.
If you thought that was a lot, you should hear what I got to say about walking into stores, or shopping next to the armored car guy. That's another subject. "No I am not paranoid" but if you ever read the facts behind the story, you'll see what I mean.