The Herald Bulletin

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November 14, 2013

Officials: Unlit streetlight not main cause of fatal pedestrian-car crash

Crosswalks, sidewalks unlikely to be installed on busy state road

ANDERSON, Ind. — At about 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 5, Ronald Dean Carter headed back to work at Wal-Mart near the 5000 block of Scatterfield Road. He had just taken a late lunch.

It was an unusual night for the 25-year-old Carter, who typically didn’t leave the store for his breaks. He decided to cross the busy state road on foot. It turned out to be a fatal mistake.

Carter was killed almost instantly from injuries he suffered after he was struck by a four-door compact car. According to police reports, he was heading east and made it across the southbound lane. Then he was hit by a Chevrolet Cruze traveling north in the far right lane. Police said the impact possibly threw Carter about 90 feet.

Two good Samaritans tried to give Carter CPR before rescue crews arrived. But by the time Carter was placed in an ambulance, he had no pulse.

As more details surface in the investigation, the more it appears that Carter’s actions, more than anything, contributed to the accident, investigators say. According to Anderson Police detective Joel Sandefur, Carter was partially blind.

He might have also been on a cellphone while crossing the street. A street lamp on the east side of the road was not functional, though officials believe that only partially contributed to the accident. Carter crossed the street several yards north of the bustling Charles Street intersection.

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 an intersection near that block. The posted speed limit in the area is 45 mph. Police don’t believe she was driving irresponsibly.

Still, city and state officials have met since the accident to discuss any modifications that might need to be made to make the area safer.

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