Two pedestrians remain hospitalized after being struck by a car
Reporter: Alexis Fernandez
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Two women continue to recover at a local hospital after they were struck by cars on two separate days.
On Saturday, a 56-year-old woman wearing dark clothes was hit while walking across a median near Oracle Road and Ina Road, she was not using a crosswalk.
"First car was able to avoid her by swerving around, the second car did not have that option, he had no where to go, and he struck the pedestrian," said Deputy Tom Peine, a spokesperson for Pima Country Sheriff's Department.
The woman broke an arm and several ribs.
The next day, a second woman was hit while crossing Speedway Blvd and Craycroft Road -- she was also not using a crosswalk.
Nine On Your Side asked the Pima Country Sheriff's Department about the problem.
"All we can do is appeal to folks to make sure that they're safe when they're in the roadway, a pedestrian is a traffic participant they got to think of the rules that apply to them," said Peine.
They hope that by having incidents like these, it will touch a chord with pedestrians.
"Use situations like this where we see an increase in numbers that involve pedestrians, to use this increased visibility and hope that there's more of an awareness," he said.
But for jaywalkers like Jacob Kirk, it isn't a bid deal.
"You know if you wait until it's clear then you should be fine," he said.
He says he won't stop jaywalking until he gets caught.
"I can take care of myself and I think and if it happens to me, then it's my decision to jaywalk," he said.
Sheriff's say the two women had apparently been drinking before they were struck.