The 57-year-old Port Townsend woman who was struck by a pickup truck on West Sims Way Monday evening is in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center, according to hospital spokesperson …
The 57-year-old Port Townsend woman who was struck by a pickup truck on West Sims Way Monday evening is in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center, according to hospital spokesperson Susan Gregg.
Port Townsend Police Chief Troy Surber said the collision occurred at 5:13 p.m. Dec. 1, when the woman attempted to use an illuminated crosswalk in the 1300 block of West Sims Way.
Though the crosswalk was illuminated with flashing lights, Surber said the woman had been wearing dark clothing. The driver of the truck, he added, had his headlights on at the time of the collision but was focused on a nearby bicyclist and did not notice the pedestrian as she crossed the street.
The driver stopped and provided aid to the woman following the collision.
She was later airlifted with a leg and hip injury.
The driver of the truck was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian.
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I can think of exactly 1,312 reasons why officer Surber feels it is so important to keep bringing up the fact that this woman was wearing dark clothing, implying it was somehow her fault she was hit by a truck. She was in an illuminated crosswalk. A very illuminated crosswalk, mind you. Everyone here wears dark clothing. At the same time, there are people who wear reflective and illuminated clothing who still deal with drivers nearly hitting them. Stop talking about what kind of clothing she was wearing. As usual, the victim of the incident is being blamed.
Or, if officer Troy is going to keep bringing up her clothing, what kind of clothing was the driver of the truck wearing? What kind of clothing was the cyclist wearing? If we're going to talk about clothing let's talk about all the clothing. Was officer Troy wearing white socks or black socks? Maybe red ines with white stripes? See how stupid the clothing issue is, in context? She was walking in an illuminated crosswalk, and she was hit by a truck. The truck should've been watching the crosswalk. Even the driver of said truck, admits this. Stop trying to blame the victim of this accident, by bringing up her clothing. How ridiculous. How insulting. How utterly despicable.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 Report this
The point is lighting .. From 1st round-about to Sheridan St has the worst lighting I have ever seen in a city. At night people take their life in their hands, so to speak, crossing Sims Way. Then if you are the driver, it's your fault if you hit a pedestrian you were unable to see due to poor lighting or brush in the way. Maybe the
speed limit needs to be lowered to 20 mph from Sheridan St to the Hilton Tavern to make it safer for pedestrians as well as the drivers. I'm just saying .... think about it! Any comments? Dark clothing isn't the problem. Poor lighting is the problem!
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