The following is a tough read and the click through isn’t for the squeamish but this first-person account from a man who witnessed a car strike a pedestrian on East Pike near Belmont just after midnight Friday morning is a good reminder for drivers, walkers and bikers to slow down — or turn your caution meters up — as things get darker and wetter again on the streets of Capitol Hill.
CHS has confirmed that a pedestrian was struck at this location early Friday morning and one ambulance was dispatched to the scene. We can’t confirm the injuries described by the writer but the non-life threatening element matches up with the level of response the fire department dispatched to the scene.
Here is the witness account of the accident:
I approach the cross-street Belmont and in the crosswalk on the right are 2 little dudes going home from the club, or to the other club, or wherever. They’re going somewhere. They each have their sweaters pulled up over their head as makeshift umbrellas. In the 5 – 8 seconds I get to observe them, the one closest to the car travel lane turns around a couple times as if he can’t decide whether to cross or not. His friend closer to the sidewalk wants to stay put for whatever reason it appears.
The one closer to traffic then decides to make a break for it and I watch him semi-sprint south across E. Pike in the downpour. I had already slowed to a snails pace since I’m used to peeps in this neighborhood doing all sorts of random acts. There he goes in front of me as I crawl though the intersection. I keep my eye on him to my left just to make sure he doesn’t decide to do a 180 and ding up my thrasher ’99 Carrera any more than it already is.
Well, a late model red Corolla made sure he didn’t. I s**t you not, just as I looked left, the ‘lil dude was tagged head-on by the ‘yota at 30, maybe 35 mph. That car was headed the opposite direction of me up Capitol Hill on E. Pike.
Srsly, dude went ass over tea kettle right there. The Corolla threw him up in the air and dude landed on the drenched street after doing the whole rag doll thing. We parked, threw on the hazards and came up on an ugly scene. The other little dude was there and hysterical, the driver of the Corolla was freaking out, and Mr. Victim was sprawled on the street face-down in a very unnatural looking position with one shoe gone and barely breathing. Blood was happening.
The witness goes on to describe the victim being able to eventually get to his feet and walk after the accident but he does say that the person who was hit suffered some pretty awful sounding cuts and severe scrapes to his face.