LANCASTER – A man is fighting for his life today after being hit by a car Wednesday night in the same area where a woman was struck and nearly killed two weeks ago, authorities said.
The collision happened shortly before 6 p.m. on 10th Street West, just south of Avenue J-12, said Community Relations Deputy Michael Rust.
“A male in his 20s was trying to cross the street, headed westbound across 10th Street West, when he was hit by a car that was traveling northbound,” Rust said. “He suffered some pretty significant injuries, he is in the hospital in grave condition.”
Rust said the initial investigation puts the man at fault.
“About 95 percent of the time, the pedestrians are at fault because they’re trying to cross in the middle of the street, which they’re not supposed to do,” Rust said.
On September 14, a 43-year-old woman was struck by a car when she ran across the street on 10th Street West near Avenue J-13, authorities said.
The woman was critically injured and not expected to recover, but the woman has since pulled through.
“But she’ll never be the same,” Rust said. “She has major head injuries and body trauma.”
Both collisions show how important it is for pedestrians to obey traffic laws, Rust said.
“The vehicle code says if you’re crossing mid roadway then you have to yield to the cars,” Rust said. We don’t have the resources to put a patrol car on every street to stop people from crossing the street… People need to use the crosswalks and abide by the traffic laws.”