Police Say Pedestrian v. Vehicle Deaths Are Avoidable
After two deaths in one night, cautionary measures urged
ANCHORAGE - As Anchorage loses daylight, Anchorage police are warning pedestrians and motorists to be extra careful.
The warning comes after two people were killed within hours of each other – one hit by a car, the other by a motorcycle.
Around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday a woman in her 20s was killed after being hit by a car at Boniface and Fourth Avenue.
“Two of the pedestrians made it onto the sidewalk; the third one, a female, stopped and was having an argument with the other two while standing in the middle of the roadway,” said Rick Steiding, a traffic investigator with the Anchorage Police Department.
Steiding said an oncoming motorist saw the woman, stopped, and turned on the vehicle’s emergency lights, but it didn’t help.
“The vehicle that was behind that car made a lane change to go around and didn't see the pedestrian and ended up striking her,” said Steiding.
Just hours before that, around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, police said 22-year-old Charles Delgado was killed when a motorcycle struck him while he was riding his skateboard in the middle of Boundary Avenue.
“He had been wearing dark clothing and of course with it being dark outside the motorcyclist apparently didn't see him, and ended up striking him and crashing as well,” said Steiding
Traffic investigators said wearing reflective clothing is always a good idea when being active in the dark.
“Especially with the wet pavement and things like that, if you're wearing dark clothing you tend to blend into the surroundings, blend into the pavement, we need people to be wearing reflective clothing,” said Steiding.