23 Pedestrians Struck, Killed In 2011


UPDATED: Wednesday February 1, 2012 10:02 PM

Five pedestrians have been struck on central Ohio roads in the past two days, 10TV’s Kevin Landers reported on Wednesday.

According to experts, pedestrian crashes are a growing problem, but precautions can be taken.

“If you’re in a black jacket or dark pants or jeans, you’re not going to show up in front of a motorist,” Columbus Public Health Injury Prevention Manager Linda Tvorik said.

10TV watched numerous people cross the intersection of Wilson Road and West Broad Street on Wednesday.

Tvorik said that the people were not looking or paying attention to signals.

Candy Clark, a mother of three, was struck and killed in October when she crossed the street in a crosswalk.

“Candy was wonderful,” Misty Foster, Clark’s friend, said. “She lived life to the fullest. She was the best mother.”

William Boyd, 57, was charged with vehicular manslaughter of Clark, 34.

Foster said that she wanted to make sure no one else lost a friend or a loved one because they were not watching the road.

“No one should have to die for not slowing down and paying attention,” Foster said.

Experts said that pedestrians and drivers share blame in these crashes and urged drivers to stay off their cell phones while driving and pedestrians to look before they walk, Landers reported.

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