Pedestrian Struck in Hit-and-Run Crash This Weekend
Colorado Springs Police responded to the scene of E. Platte Avenue and E. Boulder Street around 7:30 in the evening on Saturday night in response to a report of a hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian. Upon arrival, the male pedestrian was found with serious injuries requiring immediate transport to a nearby hospital. Police determined that a full-sized, light colored, newer model pick-up truck struck the pedestrian while he attempted to cross E. Platte Avenue. The truck did not remain at the scene. In the wake of this terrible news, we want to remind both drivers and pedestrians of how they can avoid becoming involved in similar incidents.
It is important to be vigilant for pedestrians as a motorist, especially at intersections where pedestrians are normally present. Before turning, watch for more than just traffic clearing: look for pedestrians who may be crossing from either side of the street onto which you are turning. Look at the sidewalks for foot traffic when approaching an intersection and before initiating a turn, especially in high pedestrian traffic areas. Remember that the faster you drive, the longer it takes to stop for a pedestrian in the roadway.
Pedestrians can reduce their risk of injury by increasing their visibility and by being aware of their surroundings. Especially when traveling at night, pedestrians should wear reflective clothing to make themselves more visible to motorists. It is important for pedestrians to be aware of their surroundings so that they can respond quickly in the event of danger. Eliminating distractions, like headphones and cellphone use while walking, biking, skateboarding, can increase the likelihood that a pedestrian will be able to get herself out of harm’s way.
Anyone who witnessed the crash or knows about this incident is requested to call police at 719.444.7000 or to stay anonymous, you can call Pikes Peak Crime Stoppers at 719.634.7867.
Pedestrians involved in car crashes are often severely injured or worse, they perish. It is frequently the most vulnerable members of our society, like children and the elderly, who fall victim to these types of crashes. Cases like these call for representation by experienced Colorado Springs Injury Attorneys like those at Rosenbaum & Wootton, P.C. If you were injured in an auto versus pedestrian accident in Colorado Springs or the surrounding areas, call or text us at 719.634.0102 or click on this link to schedule your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION.