Pedestrian badly hurt at 'dangerous' Duke Street intersection
A pedestrian was severely injured when two vehicles collided at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, January 15th, at the intersection of S.E. 72nd Avenue and Duke Street, where nearby residents say collisions often happen.
According to an East Precinct officer at the scene, traffic northbound on S.E. 72nd Avenue – which included a Kea Soul – was traveling through the intersection with Duke Street on a green traffic signal.
A red Chevy Equinox 1.5, stopped eastbound on Duke Street, and started to make a legal, right-on-red turn when the driver saw a pedestrian in the intersection, crossing against the light.
"The Chevy's driver said she tried to hit her brake pedal, in an attempt to stop for the pedestrian, but instead, accidently hit the accelerator; her car smashed into the pedestrian, pinning the victim against the northbound Kia," the officer told THE BEE.
Emergency first responders quickly arrived, assessed the pedestrian's injuries, and transported the person to the hospital, reportedly with – at minimum – a broken leg.
"It was kind of a 'trifecta of trouble' – with a dark rainy night, a driver accidentally hitting the gas, and a pedestrian walking against the traffic signal," the officer observed. There is no word on whether any citations were issued in the mishap.