Pedestrian hit by a car near Oracle and Rudasill in critical condition
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - An 18-year-old woman was hit by a car near Oracle and Rudasill on Wednesday night just after 9:30.
Northwest Fire rushed her to the University of Arizona Medical Center trauma center.
The 30-year-old driver of the car stayed on the scene and cooperated with DPS.
The 18-year-old is clinging to life Thursday night. Northwest Fire Captain Adam Goldberg told us the next 72 hours will be critical for her survival.
White paint markings on Oracle road show where the car hit the 18-year-old girl in the southbound lane closest to the sidewalk.
"This victim was not in a crosswalk," Goldberg said.
The closest crosswalk is just more than a football field length away at the Oracle and Rudasill intersection.
"She had just left work at a local restaurant," Goldberg said. "She was on her way home."
Nine on Your Side learned Thursday the 18-year-old never made it home form a Baggin's sandwich shop near Oracle and Orange Grove.
The Baggin's manager told 9 On Your Side she found out one of her employees is fighting for her life when she didn't show up for work Thursday morning.
"We're going to continue to see these types of results of critical injuries, if not fatal injuries because of the lack of use and decision making on the pedestrian," Goldberg said.
In the last two years, two other pedestrians opted not to use the crosswalk. Both of them were struck and killed just a couple hundred feet away from Oracle and Rudasill intersection.
Like those two deadly accidents, this latest one happened at night along a dimly lit road, normally not lit by first responder flashing lights.
Nine on Your Side reached out to Pima County District 1 Supervisor Ally Miller about the lighting near Oracle and Rudasill, but she did not return our calls Thursday.