Raleigh Pedestrian Crash Leaves One Hospitalized in Raleigh, North Carolina
RALEIGH, NC – According to an online news report at cbs17.com, Raleigh police indicate that a pedestrian was transported to a local hospital after being struck by an automobile.*
The police were dispatched to the accident scene before midnight, which occurred at South Wilmington Street close to Tryon Road. The driver of the vehicle that struck the pedestrian remained at the scene of the accident. The driver, a 24-year-old from Clayton, Georgia, is facing DUI charges for his role in causing the crash. More charges are expected to be filed. The identity of the pedestrian has not been released at this time. While the pedestrian has been hospitalized, his or her condition has not been reported. The crash remains under investigation by the local police.
In order to protect pedestrians, the city of Chapel Hill, North Carolina is seeking to end the ability for drivers to turn ‘right on red’ at certain intersections in the vicinity. “I don’t feel in danger. I try to follow the signs. I don’t get on the road when a car’s coming,” said a local pedestrian.
As of now, drivers in Chapel Hill can turn right on red at stoplights. The City Council is voting to determine whether to prohibit this at sixteen intersections in Chapel Hill. Most of the intersections are located in the downtown area where many students frequent. “The problem is the students are not paying attention to the crosswalks, so that’s just the biggest problem-a lot of jay walking,” said one pedestrian.
Over a period of six years, the Chapel Hill police indicate that there were 113 accidents involving vehicles and pedestrians at intersections. Less than four percent involved vehicles that were turning right on red. However, local police get calls rather often informing them of many “close calls.” “Even though we may not have a large number of crashes at these intersections, that doesn’t mean the conflict isn’t still there,” said a captain of the Chapel Hill police.
If the changes are approved, the ban would go into effect on October 31, 2019.
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