Pedestrian issues appeal after being hit at crosswalk
A 32-year-old Red Deer woman who was struck by a vehicle and suffered a broken leg is calling for motorists to pay more attention at crosswalks.
Emily Lange says she was walking home from a local restaurant on Friday night when she crossed the street at a marked crosswalk near Hamilton Drive and Taylor Drive in north Red Deer.
The marked crosswalk was illuminated, indicating it was in use by pedestrians.
Lange said she waited a few seconds before crossing.
“I am walking past this first car and all of a sudden I hear this vehicle speeding up,” said Lange.
“He sped up and when I was walking past that car he smacked me. I went flying a couple of metres and he broke my leg. I am bruised all over. I am lucky I am not dead.”
Lange said her left leg will be in an air cast for the next six weeks.
She said she it was raining at the time but other cars had stopped so there is no excuse for not following the traffic rules.
“I think (drivers) should be careful when they are driving,” said Lange.
“It could have been a child or someone with a (baby) carriage. I didn’t die. ... I could have been croaked.”
Red Deer RCMP said they responded to a call of a pedestrian being struck in the northbound lanes of Taylor Drive near Hamilton Drive around 10:15 p.m.
Police say the vehicle did not slow down when it hit Lange and continued north before turning onto 67th Street.
The suspect vehicle is described as an older model.
If you have information that can assist the police in their investigation, contact Red Deer City RCMP at 403-343-5575.
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