There was another rear-ender today associated with a pedestrian at Newport’s 15th street crosswalk, which is notorious for such accidents and near-misses. A Volvo station wagon was stopping for a pedestrian in the crosswalk when suddenly a small sedan coming up from behind hit the rear of the Volvo, punching it through the crosswalk. The pedestrian wasn’t hit and, as you can see, there was little if any damage to the rear of the Volvo. Driver of the sedan was transported to PCH for minor injuries. His airbag deployed.
The City of Newport recently won a sizeable grant from ODOT for crosswalk improvements up and down 101 through town. Public Works Director Tim Gross tells News Lincoln County that each marked crosswalk will be given new paint and various upgrades, some to include pedestrian safety islands in the middle of the street so pedestrians only have to concentrate on one direction of travel at a time. There will also be flashing signs installed at certain locations, so that when a pedestrian on the sidewalk pushes the cross-button, flashing signs will be activated to warn drivers there is someone in the crosswalk.