Another pedestrian has been hit and killed on busy Gallatin Pike in Madison, and folks who rely on public transportation are concerned about having to cross six lanes of traffic just to reach the bus stop.
The latest collision happened around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday near the corner of Gallatin Pike and Walton Lane.
Police say 71-year-old Allen Hoogewind, of Grand Rapids, MI, and a co-worker had just gotten off an MTA bus and were trying to cross the street to a nearby parking lot when a car hit Hoogewind and then sped off.
The two pedestrians were in a crosswalk at the time, and the co-worker was not injured in the crash.
"A witness states the vehicle traveling on Gallatin Road had to the green light, but the vehicle didn't stop," said Metro police Capt. Kenneth Walburn.
Police say the car involved is a dark-colored four-door sedan. It may have front-end damage.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME or the Emergency Communications Center at 862-8600.
Charles Harrison, 68, says he doesn't take any chances when crossing busy Gallatin Pike to get to the bus stop.
"I'll push that light, and I've conditioned myself to wait at least three or four seconds because there are people running that red light," Harrison said.
But he's had a few close calls.
"I've been close to almost being hit himself a few times and had to jump back out of the way," Harrison said.
Pedestrians have roughly 30 seconds to cross the wide street, and many say there is not enough time for everyone to cross in the time allotted.
They said drivers should be more aware as well.
"You need a little more traffic control out here," said Harrison. "You need to extend that light, maybe a little more warning on that yellow light to get them to stop."
Police said Hoogewind and his co-worker were in town for a conference, and because of parking concerns downtown, they choose to park in the Kmart parking lot on Gallatin Road and ride the bus.
There have been several fatalities where pedestrians have been hit and killed trying to cross Gallatin Pike this year alone.
Back in 2009, 18-year-old Maria Garcia died when she was hit by a driver as she crossed the street in the same location.
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