Grace Drynan of Boise was hit by a pickup truck on Moscow's Main Street Monday night. The 21-year-old woman attempted to cross at the intersection of Highway 95 and Styner Avenue. She had to get across four lanes of traffic, but not all of them were stopped before she crossed.
"Had a northbound vehicle in the left lane stop, and as she crossed in front of it, she then went into the curbside right lane and the vehicle coming struck her." said Moscow Police Chief David Duke.
Drynan was taken to Gritman Medical Center with minor injuries. The driver was 83-year-old Norman Hovey of Moscow. According to Idaho State Police, he was cited for inattentive driving. But Drynan also received a citation for unsafe walking in a crosswalk because she failed to observe traffic and didn’t stop before stepping in front of a moving vehicle. She was also wearing dark clothes and had earbuds in.
The pedestrian was hit while trying to cross at the busy intersection. Luckily, she's going to be alright. But it makes you wonder, How safe are these crosswalks?
"Our concern is this is a major highway," said Duke. "We have five lanes of traffic, and we have pedestrians and bicycles trying to cross there. We also have a school there."
Moscow Resident Ken Richardson said that he drives through the intersection multiple times a day.
"People are pretty conscientious about the pedestrians, and they do stop for them," said Richardson. "It's just horribly congested and it's backed up and you have to wait."
But Richardson admits that he wasn't surprised to hear that someone was hit.
"It's just horribly congested and it deserves a light, that's all," said Richardson.
Moscow Police Chief David Duke said that the city is working with the state to explore the possibility of building a stoplight.
"The question is, "Do the numbers that cross here signify the immediate need and the cost for it," said Duke.
But in the meantime, it's important to remember the rules of the road... even when you're on foot.
"Look left, look right, and then look left again," said Duke.
When crossing the street, remember to put away distractions like your phone or headphones so you are more alert. And if you're crossing at night, keep in mind that drivers can't see you as easily so it's a good idea to wear reflective clothing.