By MELINDA WILLIAMS
RADFORD – A vehicle struck a 19-year-old pedestrian in Radford Wednesday morning.
According to a press release from Radford City Public Information Coordinator Jenni Wilder, the female was crossing East Main Street at the University Drive intersection when a vehicle traveling eastbound on East Main Street struck her.
The female was transported to New River Valley Medical Center and then transferred to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Her injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.
The case remains under investigation, so authorities are not releasing the names of the pedestrian or driver. No charges have been filed.
Radford City Police Department offers the following tips for pedestrians and drivers to help keep pedestrians safe.
•Pedestrians can be encountered anytime and anywhere.
•Pedestrians can be very hard to see; especially in bad weather or at night. Keep a lookout and slow down if you can’t see clearly.
•When approaching a crosswalk area, drive slowly and be prepared to stop.
•Stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk, even if it is not marked. When stopping for a pedestrian in a crosswalk, stop far enough from the crosswalk that drivers in the other lanes can also see the pedestrian in time to stop.
•Do not overtake and pass other vehicles stopped for pedestrians.
•While waiting for a “gap” in traffic so that you can turn, beware that pedestrians may have moved into your intended path while you were waiting.
•Be especially attentive around schools and in neighborhoods where children are active.
•Be predictable. Stay off freeways and restricted zones. Use sidewalks where provided. Cross or enter streets where it is legal to do so.
•Where no sidewalks are provided, it is usually safer to walk facing road traffic.
•Make it easy for drivers to see you; dress in light colors and wear reflective material. It might be wise to carry a flashlight in very dark areas.
•Be wary. Don’t count on drivers to be paying attention. Watch out and make eye contact with the driver to be sure they see you.
•Alcohol and drugs can impair your ability to walk safely, just as they impair a person’s ability to drive.
•Use extra caution when crossing multiple-lane, higher speed streets.