By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
A friend of a 25-year-old pedestrian who was fatally struck by a car while trying to cross Scatterfield Road is urging the city to improve lighting in the area where the man was hit Tuesday night.
Ronald D. Carter, 25, of Anderson, was killed almost instantly from the injuries he suffered after he was struck by a compact four-door car. According to police reports, sometime around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Carter crossed the street near the 5200 block of South Scatterfield Road. He was heading east, made it across the southbound lane, then was hit by a Chevrolet Cruze traveling north in the far right lane.
Anderson Police Department Sgt. Bill Casey said the impact of the car possibly sent Carter forward up to 90 feet.
Two “good Samaritans” tried to give the Carter CPR before rescue crews arrived, but by the time Carter was placed in an ambulance en route to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, he had no pulse, according to police scanner transmissions.
Devoney Gordon, who said Carter was a close friend, said Carter worked at the Wal-Mart on the east side of the road and was heading back after getting a meal from a restaurant on the other side. She said this wasn’t a common occurrence for Carter, but that the area has become busy and the city should consider installing a crosswalk for pedestrians. She also said the lighting in the area should be improved.
“I don’t think anyone realizes just how many people cross that street now,” Gordon said.
APD spokesman Joel Sandefur said the streetlight where the accident happened was non-functional at the time, and that he would never advise anyone to cross a busy road like Scatterfield.
“That’s not advisable,” Sandefur said. “We found a cellphone on the ground, too. So we don’t know if he was texting or talking on the phone, either. It’s a possibility, but there’s no way of knowing.”
According to Sandefur, Nancy S. Rogers, 66, of Anderson was driving the Cruze that hit Carter. Rogers told officers she was traveling about 40 mph and had just left the intersection near that block. The posted speed limit in the area is 45 mph.
Rogers isn’t being investigated criminally and alcohol is not suspected to have been involved.
Casey said that if Carter was running across the street, a car would not have to be traveling very fast to deliver fatal impact.
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