Northwest Fire

Just after 9:30 p.m. Northwest Fire District responded to Oracle and Rudasill Roads after several 9-1-1 calls were received reporting a pedestrian had been struck by a car.

Crews arrived on scene and found an 18 year-old female that had sustained critical, life-threatening injuries as a result of being struck by a southbound passenger car. The driver and only occupant of the passenger car, a male in his 30’s, was not injured and remained at the scene.

The victim had been crossing Oracle Road from the east side to the west side of the street when she was struck. The victim was not in a crosswalk at the time of the incident. Oracle Road was closed to traffic while the paramedics worked to stabilize the patient. A single lane of travel was opened after the victim had been transported to the hospital and the investigation into the incident took place.

The intersection of Oracle and Rudasill Roads was approximately 400 feet south of the incident where a traffic light, crosswalks and pedestrian control devices are available for pedestrians to use in order to safely cross Oracle Road.

The victim was transported by ground ambulance to the trauma center at University of Arizona Medical Center (UAMC) for treatment of her injuries. The Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) was at the scene to conduct the investigation into the incident.

This is the third pedestrian that has been struck within a few hundred feet of the intersection of Oracle and Rudasill over the last two years. In both previous preventible accidents, the pedestrians were fatality injured.

On December 19, 2011, Susan Margaret Melanson, 61, was struck and killed in the southbound lanes of Oracle just south of Rudasill as she tried to cross Oracle Road.

Again, on February 3, 2012 David C. Anson, 64, was struck and killed in the northbound lanes of Oracle just south of Rudasill. Mr. Anson was also attempting to cross Oracle Road. Both incidents occurred at night.

Northwest Fire urges everyone to always use properly designated cross walks or intersections with traffic lights that have pedestrian control devices to safely cross any roadway. Attempting to cross roadways at night can be extremely hazardous at it is difficult to safely judge how fast a vehicle is actually moving.

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