Two women struck by cars in island crosswalks

Two women were struck by cars on Bainbridge Island while crossing the street in the last week.

Both instances took place in the evening hours, after sundown, with the pedestrians in designated crosswalks. Only one resulted in serious injury.

First, at about 8:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, a 46-year-old Port Ludlow woman driving a 2013 Chevy Cruze struck a 42-year-old Bainbridge Island woman while turning into a parking lot from High School Road. The driver said she did not see the pedestrian, though the walking woman had been in the designated crossing area and was wearing reflective clothing.

She landed on the hood of the driver’s car and then fell to the ground after being hit.

Police said the driver was “very apologetic and visibly shaken by the event.” The pedestrian said she was in some pain, but was able to communicate clearly. After being evaluated by a responding fire department unit, the woman refused the offer of transport to the hospital.

Police noted the lighting in the parking lot of a nearby store (which normally eliminates the crosswalk) was not functioning at the time and the area was “very dark.”

The driver was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian.

Then, at almost the exact same time of day on Monday, Dec. 18, a 57-year-old Bainbridge woman was struck by a car while crossing the street in the area of Wyatt Way and Madison Avenue.

A 65-year-old Bainbridge Island woman, driving a 2015 Acura RDX, was making a left onto Wyatt from Madison Avenue, and did not see the pedestrian and ran into her.

The woman was taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment of possible hip and shoulder injuries.

This driver also was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian.

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