I am so worried that one day someone will just walk out in front of my car while I'm driving. This may sound silly, but jaywalking in the city is so common, sometimes you cannot move your car! Why do people do this? Why won't they use crosswalks? I've even seen mothers pushing strollers, holding a toddler's hand while jaywalking. Do people not understand the idea behind crosswalks? Can someone explain to me why people cannot take the effort to walk a few extra yards to a crosswalk?
One night on our way home, we saw this accident and wondered if someone was hit while jaywalking. I found this article, and I wasn't surprised when I read the person was hit and died as a result of jaywalking.
Pedestrian killed crossing Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park
Victim was not in designated crosswalk
A pedestrian, who police say was jaywalking on Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park Thursday night, died after being struck by a pickup truck.
Cheryl Lynn Knick, 57, of the 5100 block of Brookwood Road in the same neighborhood, died at Harbor Hospital soon after the 7:44 p.m. accident on the highway, south of the intersection with 11th Avenue West.
The truck was traveling south on the highway. Its driver, a 53-year-old Gambrills man, swerved to avoid the victim, who was not crossing at a designated crosswalk and had failed to yield to southbound traffic, police said. The driver, who was not injured, was unable to avoid the pedestrian, police said.
According to a preliminary investigation, pedestrian error was the primary cause of this crash and speed on the part of the driver was not a factor, police said. The victim's dark clothing also made it difficult for motorists to see her, police said.
on Nov. 19, 2012 at 10:31 AM