Pedestrian Struck By Car Near Ball State Campus
Late Friday evening around 10:30, a 24-year-old Greenfield resident who attended Ball State University, was severely injured when she was struck by an SUV. She was crossing Bethel Avenue at the intersection of Bethel and Virginia when she was hit, suffering serious injuries to her arms, skull, and pelvis.
Weather conditions were very poor at the time of the accident. Muncie, IN was under a severe thunderstorm warning at the time, and it was raining heavily. According to the National Weather Service, winds were reported to have reached up to 60mph and hail was falling in Muncie’s southeast side.
The 37-year-old driver stated that he stopped at the stop sign, scanned the intersection for other cars, and then continued on, claiming to have never seen the woman in his path.
She was rushed to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, before being moved to Indianapolis to IU Health Methodist Hospital for further treatment.
Authorities don’t believe that alcohol was a cause in the Ball State area accident despite the presence of a broken beer bottle at the scene. Regardless, blood tests will be given to both the driver and pedestrian to determine whether either was impaired.
Some Indiana Campuses to Improve Crosswalks
Indiana University Northwest (IU Northwest) has always taken precautions to assure safety for students crossing busy State Road 53. Student crosswalks have included lane markings, warning lights, pedestrian signs, and fencing to encourage use of the designated crossing.
Seeing an increase in traffic along State Road 53, IU Northwest wanted to take extra measures to ensure the safety of their students and faculty. They approached the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) with their concern that increasing traffic could lead to dangerous conditions.
INDOT responded to IU Northwest’s concerns by planning to install a new full traffic signal at the busy crosswalk, replacing the current flashing warning light.
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