The crosswalk near where a Vancouver man was hit and killed last month has seen several rounds of safety improvements in the past and is slated for another major safety upgrade in 2012.
On the evening of Dec. 29, Steve Hunt, 51, was hit by a car on or near an illuminated crosswalk on Mill Plain Boulevard that sits just west of Andresen Road. Hunt was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center and died in the hospital, police said. The driver of the car, Mary Riley, 60, of Vancouver, remained on the scene and cooperated with police.
The accident is under investigation by Officer Ryan Martin of the Vancouver Police Department’s Traffic Unit. No ticket has been issued, Martin said Wednesday.
It wasn’t the first crash near the crosswalk.
Collision data for the past five years show a pedestrian or bicycle accident was reported at the crosswalk March 20, 2010, said Loretta Callahan, spokeswoman for Vancouver Public Works, but no further details are available.
Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp didn’t find any re
cord that police were called to that location on that day.
There was a fatal crash in the area (but not on the crosswalk) on Dec. 15, 1999. According to Columbian archives, a 59-year-old woman was hit by a vehicle while walking on East Mill Plain Boulevard. She was pronounced dead on arrival at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. Police didn’t identify the driver, but said she was not charged with wrongdoing.