Terre Haute, IN - Terre Haute police were investigating a crash involving a car and pedestrian at Third and Hulman streets Wednesday night.
According to police spokesman Ryan Adamson, the crash happened around 9:30 p.m.
"We had somebody that was crossing Hulman street going southbound. There was a driver going eastbound on Hulman and didn't see the person crossing the road and ultimately struck the pedestrian crossing the road," Adamson said.
The person struck by the vehicle was taken to a local hospital with critical injuries. To prevent these sorts of accidents in the future, Adamson says drivers must be aware of their surroundings.
"Any time you're driving a vehicle, you're charged with being safe and being mindful of your environment and of the conditions," Adamson said.
But Adamson said it's also pedestrians' responsbility to assure safety while crossing roads such as Third Street.
"Ultimately, even if the pedestrians do have the right of way, the car is the bigger of the two. So for safety reasons always make sure the intersections are cleared and always make sure oncoming traffic can see," he said.
For ISU student Joshua Hunter busy roads like Third Street are not common in his hometown.
"I'm not used to, you know, two lane highways just kind of by stuff that we go to," Hunter said.
Hunter does say that he makes adjustments while crossing the road to ensure his safety.
"For me I had to adjust to look both ways, and just kind of like be smart about it and not just go for anything," he said.
Adamson says the person behind the wheel of the car that struck the pedestrian did stay at the scene of the accident.
The driver of the vehicle has not been charged. The investigation is ongoing.
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