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Decatur Police cite recent storm as factor behind pedestrian being hit at intersection

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Decatur Police cite recent storm as factor behind pedestrian being hit at intersection

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The recent damage and outages caused by Hurricane Irma were a factor in a pedestrian being hit in downtown Decatur on Tuesday afternoon.

The pedestrian was OK, but was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

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Decatur Police Lt. Jennifer Ross said at around 12:49 p.m. police responded to a person hit by a vehicle call at West Ponce de Leon and Commerce Drive.

“The driver of the vehicle was traveling westbound on West Ponce de Leon Avenue attempting to turn southbound onto Commerce Drive,” Ross said. “The pedestrian was walking westbound in the crosswalk on Commerce Drive. The vehicle struck the pedestrian in the crosswalk. The traffic control lights were out at the intersection due to the recent storm. The pedestrian had no visible injuries but was taken to an area hospital for evaluation. The driver was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk.”

Ross said the accident is an important reminder for people to stay inside unless they absolutely have to leave the house. She also said drivers need to watch for pedestrians and treat each intersection without power as a four-way stop.

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