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Woman killed in auto-pedestrian crash in South Salt Lake

By Pat Reavy, KSL | Updated - Sep 25th, 2018 @ 3:23pm | Posted - Sep 25th, 2018 @ 6:51am

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SOUTH SALT LAKE — A 66-year-old woman was killed in an auto-pedestrian crash Tuesday morning.

The woman was walking her bicycle across a crosswalk on 700 East at 3300 South when she was hit by a southbound vehicle about 6 a.m., said South Salt Lake police detective Gary Keller. Investigators were looking Tuesday at whether the woman was crossing against the light, even though she was in a crosswalk, he said.

The woman was wearing dark clothing and it was still dark in the area at the time, Keller said. The woman, whose name was not immediately released, died as a result of her injuries at a local hospital. The driver was being cooperative with police, he said.

Keller said the incident served as a reminder for all motorists and pedestrians to use extra caution this time of year in the mornings when pedestrians are going to work or school in the dark.

The speed limit where the woman was hit is 45 mph. At that rate, a vehicle can travel 65 feet per second, Keller said. Both drivers and pedestrians need to be aware of their surroundings at intersections, he said.

The incident marked the second fatal auto-pedestrian incident in Salt Lake County in less than 12 hours. And the warnings about watching for pedestrians at dawn also applies for dusk, police emphasized.

About 8 p.m. Monday, Tammy Colton, 47, of West Valley City, was crossing 4700 South at 1463 West on her way home from work and trying to catch a bus, when she was hit by two vehicles, according to Unified police.

Colton was not in a crosswalk and the area is not well lit, according to police. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

"It is very difficult for drivers to see pedestrians at nighttime on this stretch of roadway," Unified police tweeted Tuesday.


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