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Elderly woman killed in auto-pedestrian crash in Salt Lake City

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Posted at 9:07 PM, Oct 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-19 10:54:51-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- A 72-year-old woman was killed in an auto-pedestrian crash in Salt Lake City Sunday night, and officials said the woman was not crossing in a crosswalk and was hit by two vehicles.

The crash occurred around 8:30 at 700 East and 700 South. The intersection was closed, and traffic was re-routed in the area.

Police said the victim was crossing the street with some groceries and wasn't in a crosswalk when she was struck by two southbound cars. According to officers, weather and low light conditions may have been factors in the crash.

"We believe the poor visibility in this area due to the rain and the darkness of this area may contributed to this accident, although that is still under investigation," said Det. Cody Lougy, SLCPD.

Police said the drivers of both vehicles that struck the woman remained at the scene and were cooperative. Authorities do not believe drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.

The victim was identified as Rita Avery.