Six pedestrians hit by vehicles since Oct. 31

Six pedestrians hit by vehicles since Oct. 31

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock Police Department is encouraging drivers and pedestrians to watch out for each other on the road after a series of accidents.

From Oct. 31 to Nov. 11, at least six people have been hit by cars in Lubbock. Two of those people died from their injuries.

The most recent accident was on Nov. 10, when 41-year-old Sonia Marie Lopez, was hit while walking across the street on 50th Street near Avenue Q. She remains in serious condition.

Last Saturday, 40-year-old Russell Jupe was hit and killed by a school bus at 7th Street and Avenue Q, apparently while chasing after a dog.

Lubbock Police Sergeant Robert Hook says most of these accidents happen near residential areas where citizens are commuting to and from.

While jaywalking is illegal, he said pedestrians are actually allowed to cross the street as long as they yield to traffic in certain situations.

Unfortunately, Hook says some citizens underestimate the speed of an approaching car or the driver inside may not have enough time to see the person and brake to avoid a collision.

In some of these instances, Hook says the person waits in the turning lane for cars to pass, which becomes an even more dangerous situation.

Hook asks pedestrians to take the extra time to use cross walks or pedestrian safety zones to help save lives.

"Drivers, if they're in an area of town that has heavy pedestrian traffic, they have the responsibility to pay a little bit of extra attention," Hook said. "What we need if for everybody to slow down - those are the people walking and the people driving, and hopefully we can avoid any more of these."

Hook said officers do issue tickets when pedestrians stall in roadways or do not yield to cars, but he hopes this combined safety effort will work more efficiently.

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