Three pedestrians in a serious condition after being hit by cars on a horror day for SA roads
A teenager is in hospital with life-threatening injuries and an elderly woman has serious injuries after they were hit by vehicles in separate crashes on Adelaide roads yesterday afternoon.
- Three pedestrians are in hospital in Adelaide after being hit by cars yesterday
- The incidents follow a number of pedestrian crashes in Adelaide in the past few weeks
- It has sparked a warning for both drivers and pedestrians from a road safety expert
A third person was also hit by a vehicle just after 10:00pm last night.
Police said a 14-year-old boy from Elizabeth Vale was rushed to hospital with serious injuries following a crash at 3:15pm on Harvey Road at Elizabeth Grove on Wednesday.
The 48-year-old driver from Salisbury Downs was not injured.
In a separate incident 45 minutes before, an elderly woman from Park Holme sustained serious injuries after she was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Marion Road and Mabel Street at Plympton, south of Adelaide, about 2:30pm.
The 82-year-old woman was taken to Flinders Medical Centre in a serious condition while the 28-year-old driver of the vehicle was not injured.
A man is also in the Royal Adelaide Hospital with serious head injuries after being hit by a car at Mansfield Park just after 10:00pm last night.
Police said patrols and paramedics were called to Grand Junction Road after a car collided with a pedestrian near Hanson Road.
The 61-year-old man was treated at the scene before being taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
The driver of the car was not injured.
Police are investigating the circumstances of all three incidents.
The horror day on Adelaide roads follows a spate of pedestrian crashes in Adelaide in the past few weeks.
On January 16, a 72-year-old man died after being hit by a truck at the intersection of Grand Junction Road and Hanson Road at about 10:45am.
A 22-year-old woman was taken to hospital following a hit-and-run crash in Adelaide’s northern suburbs on Christmas morning.
On December 29, a man was killed when he was hit by a car on Black Road at O’Halloran Hill.
Collisions prompt warning from experts
Yesterday’s incidents have sparked a warning from RAA road safety senior manager Charles Mountain who said it really highlighted the importance of pedestrians being vigilant when crossing busy roads.
Charles Mountain from the RAA has issued a plea to both drivers and pedestrians. (ABC News: Malcolm Sutton)
“Particularly crossing major multi-lane roads [which] is quite challenging, even at the best of times, but certainly during busy times and after school and these periods,” he told ABC Radio Adelaide.
“Yesterday in particular was a terrible day for pedestrians.
“Wherever possible we really urge people to walk, in some cases the extra distance, to a designated pedestrian crossing facility and use it for this very reason.”
Mr Mountain said there could often be confusion about who had the right of way when someone in a vehicle saw a pedestrian crossing a busy road, but all drivers had a duty of care.
“If you see a pedestrian crossing the road, whether they’re doing the right thing or the wrong thing, you’ve got a duty of care to, if at all possible, avoid hitting them,” he said.
“Part of the whole defensive driving regime is to look out at what could be happening on the footpaths alongside and between parked vehicles as you’re driving along and be prepared for unpredictable type actions.
“Eye contact [and] acknowledging the presence of each other can make a big difference so that at least each of you is aware and can sometimes take a better, informed decision.”
He also sounded out a warning to drivers in the coming months, with more pedestrians expected in Adelaide’s CBD and at night due to the upcoming Fringe festival and Adelaide 500 events.