Two women were hit by a car when they decided to illegal jaywalk across a Phoenix street.
Around 1:30 a.m. the two women decided to cross from an Arco station to a Circle K across the street. A car that had started moving on the green light hit one of the women. The force threw her onto the windshield. The car then clipped the second woman who had been walking a few feet behind the first woman. Both women were taken to a local hospital
The driver immediately stopped and called 911. Police called to the scene do not believe the driver was impaired. Since he had the right of way he is not facing any charges for this accident.
Though the intersection is well-lit and there are crosswalks available for people to walk in all directions, “It’s just unfortunate that people jaywalk across the street,” said Lt. Lowell Spalla from the Phoenix Police Department said.
Jaywalking is a civil traffic offense. In Arizona it carries a fine of up to $250.
A driver of a car in a pedestrian accident cases is able to argue comparative negligence if they feel the pedestrian was partially or entirely at fault for causing the car accident. This is an especially compelling argument in an illegal jaywalking case.
If you’ve been involved in a pedestrian accident that was caused by an illegal jaywalker, you should immediately contact a personal injury attorney that can help investigate and build your case.