Local 80-year-old hit while trying to cross street Thursday morning

Published: Jan. 7, 2021 at 5:53 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Press Release) - Thursday, January 7th at approximately 6:00 a.m. Cheyenne Police Officers responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian near the intersection of Yellowstone Rd. and Vandehei Ave.

The preliminary investigation shows the accident occurred when an 80-year-old female, of Cheyenne, attempted to cross Yellowstone Rd. where there is no crosswalk. While crossing, she walked into the path of an on-coming 2008 Chevrolet Trail Blazer. The victim sustained critical injuries and was transported to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center for treatment. The driver remained on-scene to assist officers with their investigation.

The Cheyenne Police Department reminds pedestrians and drivers of the following safety tips to prevent an accident: 10 Walking Safety Tips

• Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.

• Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.

• If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.

• Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.

• Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.

• If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.

• Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.

• Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.

• Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways or backing up in parking lots.

• Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment.

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