Reports say that a young woman in her early 20s was hit while she was either crossing or standing next to Highway 101 in front of Newport City Hall. The impact caused a horrible fracture of the woman’s lower right leg, busting off one end of the bumper of the red Honda Fit that hit her. The driver didn’t stop.
There was some question as to whether it was a Honda Fit…but witnesses’ descriptions led Newport Police to believe that was the make and model of the vehicle that struck the woman.
The victim was rushed to PCH for treatment of a very serious leg fracture. Meanwhile authorities are looking for the damaged vehicle.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of the vehicle or spots a red Honda Fit with a piece of it’s front bumper torn off, call 9-1-1 and tell dispatchers where and when you saw such a car and which direction of travel.
That stretch of 101 through downtown Newport at night is one of the darker city streets in the city. And it runs right past city hall which includes a very busy public transit stop right in front of City Hall. Street lighting through that area is mainly from low light decorative light poles. They’re very tasteful but they don’t put out much light – which makes pedestrian crossings of 101 risky at best. Another complicating factor is that the highway bends to the north (or to the south depending on direction of travel) which can easily disorient a driver new to the area or who might be distracted by something else going – inside or outside the car.
It might be time to reassess the level of street lighting through that well traveled part of Newport.