Young boy critically hurt in busy midtown intersection
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Four pedestrians hit in one day in crosswalks. A 7-year-old boy is in critical condition and police told 9OYS that it's not looking good for him.
What is going on -- on Tucson streets? Is it more dangerous for pedestrians this year?
It's a daily mad rush. That's how nearby merchants describe the action at Speedway and Alvernon.
Bob Butner works at a non-profit near the intersection. He told 9OYS it's a race -- as drivers and pedestrians try to beat the lights.
Bob Butner said, "When you're in a crosswalk you have to pay attention to every direction. You've got to get ready to stop."
The 7 year old boy was crossing the intersection with his father and 5 year old sister. The driver of the car that hit the family did stop at the red light.
But police said when the light turned green, the family also had the signal to walk. Just as the father and the kids stepped off the curb, the driver made the right turn and hit the family.
Police say the car ran over the young boy and hit the father and daughter.
Sgt. Chris Widmer said, "This female is definitely at fault for this accident. But it's something that could have happened to anybody. "
It happened to Debbie Willis -- just hours earlier --- at a different midtown intersection. And she looked. "I always look really well and I see him coming and I (made a face) and he hit me." she said.
Sgt. Widmar said, "When you're making a right hand turn. It goes from red to green. Most people go. You do have to watch out for whatever else can be around you including traffic not paying attention to traffic signals or pedestrians as well."
4 people -- hit by cars -- in one day. Is Tucson seeing a rise in pedestrian accidents? 9OYS checked with Tucson Police.
Jan. 2012 - Sept. 2012
Total Pedestrians: 130
Total Pedestrians: 127
Bob Butner believes the number of pedestrians hit could drop -- if street light timing improved.
The driver that hit the family now faces a criminal traffic violation -- causing serious injury or death.