Police say the pedestrian, who has not been identified at this time, was crossing the street at the intersection of 35th Avenue SE and South Meridian in Puyallup just before 7 p.m. on March 3. The pedestrian’s name is left unknown but it is known that he was a 35 year old male.
According to news reports about the incident, the unidentified man was crossing the street with his bicycle and two other people at the time of the collision. The vehicle was traveling northbound on South Meridian when the pedestrian was struck, and the man was immediately taken to St. Joseph Medical Center to be treated for his injuries.
Police said shortly after the collision that the man was reportedly suffering from life threatening injuries and had no additional information about his condition.
“The pedestrian, who has not been identified, was crossing the street when he was hit. While he was in the crosswalk when he was hit,” Puyallup Police Chief Bryan Jeter stated. “It's unclear if the light was red or green at the time.”
Following the collision the driver immediately came to a stop and cooperated with the police. Police determined that drugs and alcohol were not a contributing factor to this tragic crash.
Update on Pedestrian’s Condition at Hospital
UPDATE: Approximately four hours after the collision, hospital officials announced that the pedestrian who was seriously injured in a collision in Puyallup had passed away due to his injures. The 35-year-old man was pronounced dead at St. Joseph Medical Center around 10:45 p.m. Monday night.
It is well known that pedestrian accidents can be deadly, and this is due largely in part to the fact that pedestrians are not afforded the same level of protection as a person inside of a motor vehicle.
To avoid these types of collisions and reduce the risk of serious injury to everyone, there are a number of steps that both drivers and pedestrians can take. Not only does this help prevent innocent pedestrians from being injured, but it also reduces the chances that a motorist will have to face criminal charges and deal with the guilt associated with seriously injuring someone.