Ofc. John O'Brien, PIO
Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 1:45 p.m.
On July 3rd, 2018, around 9:15 am, a pedestrian ran across Division Street from east to west and was struck by a northbound vehicle. He was crossing just outside of the marked crosswalk.
A vehicle in the right lane was able to stop. A large box truck in the middle lane had to abruptly stop to avoid striking the pedestrian. The driver of the vehicle in the left lane did not see the pedestrian and did not have time to react and get stopped before striking the pedestrian.
Surveillance video from a nearby business showed the pedestrian running into traffic, not giving traffic enough time to stop, while a person crossing behind him was walking. The pedestrian that was walking was not struck by any of the vehicles.
The struck pedestrian was transported to an area hospital for his serious injuries. He was cited for violation of RCW 46.61.235 (2). “No pedestrian or bicycle shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk, run or otherwise move into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to stop.”
This unfortunate collision is a reminder to pedestrians to exercise caution and abide by the traffic laws just as the motoring public has to follow. When crossing a roadway as a pedestrian make sure you pause and look at each lane of travel to ensure the vehicles see you and have stopped.