Officers determine driver of vehicle that struck pedestrian was not at fault

Emergency personnel tend to a female pedestrian who was struck by a northbound vehicle in the 300 block of Central Avenue shortly before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. - Photo by Donald Cross of The Sentinel-Record
Emergency personnel tend to a female pedestrian who was struck by a northbound vehicle in the 300 block of Central Avenue shortly before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. - Photo by Donald Cross of The Sentinel-Record

The driver of a vehicle that struck a pedestrian Wednesday at the intersection of Central Avenue and Mountain Street downtown was not at fault, as initially reported, Hot Springs police Officer 1st Class Omar Cervantes said Thursday.

Police initially said the pedestrian was struck by a northbound vehicle shortly before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday as she was crossing east to west in the crosswalk.

Cervantes said a review of security video of the incident showed the driver, 79, had the green light at the time of the collision and the pedestrian failed to yield to the oncoming traffic.

The driver was in the inside lane and another northbound vehicle was stopped in the outside lane. Cervantes said the pedestrian had passed in front of the stopped vehicle and then was struck by the front bumper of the second vehicle as the driver didn't see her.

Cervantes said the light warning pedestrians not to walk at that time was activated.

The pedestrian was transported by LifeNet to a local hospital with what were believed to be minor injuries, he said.

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