NBC Right Now is looking into a Kennewick intersection that has been the site of two vehicle versus pedestrian accidents in as many weeks.
KENNEWICK, WA - NBC Right Now is looking into a Kennewick intersection that has been the site of two vehicle versus pedestrian accidents in as many weeks.
Carol Carothers was crossing the crosswalk at 10th Avenue and Washington Street around 8 p.m. on Tuesday night when she was hit by a car and thrown from her wheelchair. The driver, 19-year-old Wesley Preston, was ticketed for failing to yield.
Just two weeks ago, the same intersection was the site of a hit and run where a mom and son duo were hit by a pickup. Officers are still looking for the driver in the first case.
However, Kennewick Police said it is mere coincidence that both happened in the same spot.
"It's very well marked, it's very wide open. There really are no safety hazards there. It really comes down to drivers paying attention. It was a similar situation a couple weeks ago with the hit and run. I've watched the video on that one as well, where the driver's just making a left turn, safely in front of oncoming traffic, just didn't pay attention to the people," said Sgt. Ken Lattin.
Police stress the fact that crosswalks, even when used properly, are not a safety bubble. Pedestrians should also be aware of their surroundings, especially in the evening hours when it's getting darker much earlier.