Woman injured in crosswalk, then cited
MEDFORD — A woman suffered minor injuries and received a citation after she was struck by a car Tuesday near the Rogue Valley Mall while crossing the street against a traffic light, police said.
The woman, whose name was not made available, was in the crosswalk at Crater Lake Highway at the mall entrance just before 11 a.m. when the accident occurred.
Witnesses told Medford police the woman entered the crosswalk against the traffic control light telling pedestrians when it is safe to cross the street, Medford police Sgt. Greg Lemhouse said.
"A lot of people assume pedestrians have the right of way, but that is not always true," Lemhouse said. "They have to obey traffic control devices just as drivers do."
The car was traveling east on Crater Lake Highway when it hit the woman. The driver had a green light to enter the intersection as the pedestrian stepped into the crosswalk.
A man walking with the woman also was cited for failure to obey a traffic control device. He was not injured, Lemhouse said.
The driver was not cited.
Lemhouse said officers are on the alert for pedestrians walking against traffic lights.
"Not only can you be cited for this, you can also be injured," Lemhouse said. "We've been fortunate that no one has been seriously hurt, yet."