'A pedestrian is gonna lose to a motor vehicle, every time'

'A pedestrian is gonna lose to a motor vehicle, every time'

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Police ticketed a pedestrian for 'failing to yield to the vehicle' after he was hit by a car along Main St. on Monday night.

Jose Salvio, 44, suffered cuts and bruises when he stepped in front of a car at 66th and Main streets in Springfield around 8:30 p.m., police said.

Neighbors in the area told KVAL they aren’t surprised, as that stretch of Main St. has a history of pedestrian-vehicle accidents. Neighbors are worried about the difficulties crossing Main between 44th and 69th because there are very few crosswalks.

“I drive up and down the street and have to slow down for people wanting to cross the street. The nearest crosswalk is here on 58th and Main,” said Shawnathon Shostron, who lives nearby the area.

Springfield Police Sergeant Dick Jones said Salvio was crossing the street outside of a crosswalk on Monday night when he was hit by a car.

“He was wearing dark clothing, it's a dark part of main street … pretty hard to see sometimes,” said Jones.

Police also said Salvio may have been under the influence of alcohol when he tried crossing this street Monday night.

Salvio was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening, but serious injuries. After he received treatment he was cited for "improper position in the roadway".

Neighbors say that the big problem is a lack of sidewalks. Kelsie Hanson lives on Main St. and said that the nearest crosswalk is 10 or 12 blocks from her house.

“All the cross spots are down near stores, and were right in the middle. The closest crosswalk is about half a mile that way,” said Hanson.

Sgt. Jones said that speed might also have been a factor. The driver of the car told police she was turning onto 66th off of Main at about 25 mph.

“It’s darker in that area, there are street lights that may be spaced further apart, where it doesn't provide a whole lot of light in certain areas,” said Sgt. Jones. “A pedestrian is gonna lose to a motor vehicle, every time.”

Jones added that people shouldn't expect cars to stop for them. Officials advise people to always cross at a crosswalk, even if it means walking further to get there.