1 dead, 1 injured after struck at dangerous Ogden crosswalk

Posted at 6:47 AM, Nov 22, 2013
and last updated 2013-11-22 18:04:59-05

OGDEN, Utah -- A 32-year-old woman died and a 25-year-old man was injured Thursday night after they were struck by a Jeep Wrangler at a crosswalk in Ogden.

It happened around 6:46 at the intersection of Wall Avenue and Binford Sreet. near St. Anne's Center.

Ogden police said the Wrangler was traveling northbound in the inside lane when it struck the two pedestrians.

The woman sustained serious head trauma and was transported to a local hospital, where she died shortly before midnight.

The man sustained foot and ankle injuries from a tire on the Jeep and was also transported to the hospital.

Investigators don't believe alcohol, drugs or speeding were factors in the crash. Traffic signals at the intersections of 23rd St. and Wall Ave. and 25th St. and Wall Ave. were out due to high winds. However, Jennifer Canter, who is the executive director at St. Anne's Center, tells a different story.

“The street lights were working, and there's reflective signs that don't need power and your car lights would hit them," she said.

The crosswalk has been the site of previous auto-pedestrian fatalities. Ogden police said the Utah Department of Transportation has recently been involved with creating a marked crosswalk and signs indicating a pedestrian crossing. Canter said that may not be enough.

“They are in the crosswalk and they still get hit by cars," she said. "There's not one week that goes by that there isn't a close call or a car wreck."

Rick Cosner is a resident at St. Anne's Center, which is a homeless shelter, and he said the accident shouldn't have happened.

“It's ridiculous," he said. "We're human beings. They put their foot on the gas pedal and its like they want to see how fast you can hurry up and move."

Workers from St. Anne's Center have also placed bright red flags at the crossing, which police said weren't used by the victims.

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