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Coco Warner Reporting Four auto-pedestrian accidents in the last five days have resulted in two deaths, and in ALL of the accidents the victims were walking in a crosswalk.
This morning at the corner of 9th East and 5th South an 80-year old man was struck in the crosswalk and later died from his injuries. This accident and three others in just the last few days have Salt Lake police concerned and urging both drivers and pedestrians to be careful.
Det. Dwayne Baird, SLC Police Dept.: “Neither of these people used the orange flags that are put there for their safety.”
We've all seen the orange flags at several crosswalks in Salt Lake City, but how many of us are using them? For Salt Lake City police officer Dwayne Baird it comes down to doing everything you can to protect yourself.
Det. Dwayne Baird: “Be aware of your surroundings. It's your safety. Just because it's a crosswalk doesn't make it a magical place you can cross the street.” Salt Lake Police Dept.
And too many people are getting caught in crosswalks. Just this morning, a driver making a right turn on to 5th south from 9th East hit an 80 year old man in the crosswalk.
Scott White, Salt Lake Police Dept.: “She feels horrible about it. She said she didn't even see him.”
He passed away tonight.
Last night, 42-year old Efren Guzman and his ten-year-old son were walking in a crosswalk to a rec center in Kearns when a car hit Guzman. He's now in critical condition.
A few hours earlier, a 10-year old girl crossing 1300 East in Salt Lake City was hit in a crosswalk. Police say the driver didn't see her.
And a 79-year old woman died tonight from injuries she sustained after being hit in a crosswalk in the Fair Park neighborhood last Friday.
Det. Dwayne Baird: “One of the primary things that we want to teach people is what we learned as small children in elementary school – to stop, to look, and to listen.”
We've talked about what you can do as a pedestrian, but all of these accidents took place in crosswalks. So as drivers, people need to slow down near crosswalks and make sure no one is trying to cross the street.