Deputies release new information on pedestrian-involved crash

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
April 25, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Leon County Sheriff's Office has released new information on a crash Wednesday on West Tennessee Street that injured two pedestrians.

The crash happened around 3 p.m. on Highway 90 West and Tennessee Capital Boulevard.

Deputies say a blue 2002 GMC Envoy, being operated by a 35-year-old driver, began to turn east onto West Tennessee Street and struck two men, 53-year-old Thomas Paine and 53-year-old John Jarvis.

Officials say they have determined the vehicle had the right of way at the time of the crash.

Both Paine and Jarvis suffered non-life threatening injuries and are still in the hospital.

No charges have been announced at this time.


By: Alicia Turner | WCTV Eyewitness News
April 25, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – Pedestrians walking across Highway 90 in Leon County is a “normal sight” for folks in the area, but Wednesday’s crash proved just how dangerous that can be.

Wednesday afternoon, patrol cars from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office blocked the eastbound lanes of Tennessee Street at the intersection of Tennessee Capital Boulevard for hours as investigators combed through evidence.

Around 2:30 p.m., two pedestrians were hit by a GMC Envoy. The victims, a man and a woman, sustained non-life threatening injuries. Folks in the area called it tragic.

"It's unfortunate," said Gregory Dean.

Dean explained that he travels the stretch of Highway 90 where the crashed happened, frequently.

"Nobody should just be going to the store or wherever and have to worry about getting hit," he added.

Shortly after investigators finished collecting evidence and cleared the scene, people were back cutting across the four lanes of traffic. Our cameras were rolling when Rachel Miodusky made a mad dash. When asked why she didn’t use the crosswalk, she said, “sometimes it’s just a waste of time.”

Rachel said it takes her about three minutes to cross in the middle of the road. She said if she walked to the major intersection to cross, it would take an additional 30 minutes.

"I just wait until it's completely clear, because even one car you don't know how fast it's going," she said.

So far this year, 10 pedestrians have been hit in Leon County. More than half of those crashes happened on Tallahassee’s west side. Five of them were deadly, including one that killed Maria Ramirez. Her daughter Courtney is still in disbelief.

"I’m angry. I look at it now like someone killed my mother," Courtney said.

"People text and drive, and they don't pay attention and they don't slow down," said Rachel, describing what it’s like to be a pedestrian in the area.

Rachel says her message to drivers is to pay more attention.

"I just want people to be aware," she said.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
April 24, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Two pedestrians were hit by a vehicle along West Tennessee Street, the Leon County Sheriff's Office confirms.

The accident happened around 2:38 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Tennessee Capital Boulevard. The intersection is just west of the intersection of Capital Circle NW.

Leon County Deputy Dave Teems says the two pedestrians were hurt but did not suffer life-threatening injuries.


All lanes of traffic have reopened after being closed for a period of time.



 
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