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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



Devoney Gordon, a close friend of Carter’s, called for the city to install a crosswalk in the area for pedestrians.

Anderson Chief of Police Larry Crenshaw said he met with the Indiana Department of Transportation shortly after the accident. INDOT has jurisdiction over the state road, and even if it was a good idea, according to Crenshaw, there’s unlikely to be a crosswalk or sidewalks added anytime soon.

“There’s a process that needs to take place for them for that to happen. The flow of traffic and a few other things need to be studied,” Crenshaw said. “We’ve seen how that might be an issue in some parts of town, but it’s hard to get a grasp on how much pedestrian traffic there is in that area.”

The south end of Scatterfield, which has burgeoned in recent decades, is known as a light commercial-industrial area, and the road sees a lot of vehicular traffic. Crenshaw said he wouldn’t advise anyone to cross the road on foot.

“The public has to understand, if you do cross, always cross at an intersections,” he said. “There are other precautions you can take, as well. We always recommend wearing something fluorescent or reflective if you’re crossing.”

The Anderson Board of Public Works is responsible for maintenance on city infrastructure street lights. Department head Pete Heuer called Carter’s death a tragic accident and said his department was looking into the situation, but said he couldn’t comment further.

Crenshaw said it’s a general responsibility of police officers to be on the lookout for anything dilapidated in the city environment, including problems on roads like nonfunctional street lights. He said his officers regularly report issues or trouble spots they see in the city.

Crenshaw said he also encouraged motorists to increase their focus, especially when driving at night. He called driving a habit-forming process, and said drivers often become overconfident about their abilities.

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