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Pedestrian Struck 7-11-21

A black Volkswagen struck a family crossing Highway 101 shortly after noon Sunday, sending multiple people to the hospital.

Pedestrian Accident Lincoln City

According to a family member, they crossed Highway 101 at NE 11th Street from west to east as a group holding hands, when the accident happened.

“I think this was a case of the guy in the van couldn’t see us around the stopped car,” the family member said. “He was just trying to drive through the intersection.”

The family is visiting Lincoln City from Vancouver, Wash., and Salt Lake City, Utah.

One of the victims, a 31-year-old male said his right foot was run over and he suffered broken toes. He said he’s in a boot and crutches, hoping it heals properly.

A 31-year-old female was also struck and she was sent to a Portland hospital for surgery on a shattered leg and possible internal bleeding.

Also stuck was a 9-year-old girl who suffered minor injuries.

Northbound Highway 101 traffic was backed up as far as Taft while rescuers attended to injured parties and cleared the scene.

The 23-year-old suspect was cited for careless driving and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

The accident comes just days after the Lincoln City Police Department announced plans to use grant funds to educate drivers about pedestrian safety with an enforcement operation focusing on situations like today’s mishap.

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  1. Justin, thankfully the driver had a valid driver’s license and was not suspended. Anything else you want to add to that?

  2. As the person right behind the three victims by maybe a few feet, it was absolutely not something anyone should’ve expected to happen or could have reasonably expected by “paying attention”.

    The first car in the lane closest to us had come to a complete stop, we made eye contact. There were no cars oncoming from the other direction, so we began to pass. The GTI came up quickly behind the first stopped car and, probably distracted, decided he was going to pass “this idiot stopped in the middle of the road”. He changed lanes quickly and accelerated up until the moment of impact, completely oblivious anyone was crossing the street.

    I’m not sure why you’re trying to shift blame onto the victims when this was so very clearly the driver of the GTI’s fault for recklessly passing a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk. Nobody should expect someone to attempt a speeding pass like that, you would assume they are going to stop behind the first car.

  3. All of these cross walks are death traps, especially the ones with no flashing lights. It’s been my opinion that those without flashing crosswalk lights need to be completely removed immediately. The cross walks in the middle of the roads, and not at traffic lights, often open opportunities for fender benders too. I come from a dense suburban town in Colorado, and we never, ever, had any of these mid-road crosswalks. Driving through lincoln city is already a chore and a half; I can’t stand these terrible cross walks.

  4. When you cross any street you MUST make eye contact with the driver. If you are having a great time that must stop as you cross the street.

    This is a perfect example, I think, of walking into trouble. If they had been more aware they might have been able to stand back and let the speeding car pass.

    The injuries were not life threating but they will be life altering !!

  5. Thanks Justin for following this, it was clearly citable, I’m glad no one was killed
    in this accident, I worked with someone who accidently killed a pedestrian,
    and it was an accident, glaring sun, a slow speed “bump” that simply knocked the pedestrian over, and the guy died right there. These victims are lucky to
    be alive.

  6. Thank god they come out ok could have been much more worse. Nothing new in L/C every year happens seen a lot cars flying threw city what speed limit. Our good city telling the police department not to enforce the law no speeding tickets so the out of towners won’t get scared away!!!???? Some drivers need to learn if a car in right lane is slowing down or stopped at a crosswalk must be a warning something going on need slow down or stop not speed up as I have seen a few times like a race to see whos faster good sign pedestrian ready to cross.

  7. I’m glad everyone’s going to be okay, people need to stop when they see a car on the right hand side slowing down when I am in the right hand lane and people are crossing I put my hand out the window to slow the traffic down on the left side of me most people do understand hey stop so they just don’t go flying by people need to just be more aware of the surroundings and slow down at intersections.

  8. All new cars look alike anyway, who cares what it was really?
    Clearly, this is a citable offense, and if LCPD wants any credibility at all,
    this driver will face charges, at the very least.
    I’d like to see some follow up on this one.
    The driver couldn’t see, because they’re not supposed to pass a stopped
    vehicle for exactly the reason the accident occurred, in a rush- not in this
    city, zipping around town won’t get you anywhere any faster, this is basically
    a two lane road, with pointless merging and ridiculous left turns-
    ODOT has a lot of work to do around here, because the feckless city council
    won’t.

  9. Andrew,

    My apologies for going with the report instead of challenging what I saw. I knew I saw a woman on the ground and I now realize that I saw you knocked away and then your fiancé getting hit. I also challenge the idea that the driver was only trying to drive through the intersection. It appeared to me that they sped up before hitting the group. I do hope that all of you can find the time and place to heal properly.

  10. Information in the article is very incorrect. Source: I am one of the victims.
    There were 3 of us who got hit. Myself 31M, my fiance 31F and a 9yr old girl, we were all holding hands going through the crosswalk when we got hit. I was hit first, my foot got ran over as the car knocked me away, I have broken metatarsels in my right foot and it is swollen bigger than an eggplant. I’m in a boot and on crutches and hoping it heals properly since it got severely twisted. The girl has scratches and bruises and her left hand got injured. The trauma was the most of it for her as she barely got knocked away. The 31F got hit so hard you can see the damage to the car but she suffered multiple bruises and her leg got shattered and has severe internal bleeding. She had to get transferred to Portland for surgery with hopes she will be able to walk again.
    People need to be more aware in these situations and not be in such a hurry that you would risk the lives of others. Drive safely and be aware of your surroundings.

  11. This person is extremely lucky to be alive. I witnessed this accident from 75 feet away, coming from the north end of town. The person hit was thrown into the air, hit the windshield and slammed into the pavement. I am relieved to read that they will recover.

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