Pedestrian hit and killed on East Washington Avenue Monday night
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The Madison Police Department says a pedestrian is dead, after he was hit and killed by a car on East Washington Ave. Monday night.
According to MPD, this happened around 8 p.m. Monday, on East Washington Ave. near Lien Road. The pedestrian was taken to a local hospital, where he later died from his injuries.
This incident is under investigation and MPD says the driver of the car is cooperating with police.
Monday night’s crash is the sixth death involving a car and pedestrian this year, according to the Wisconsin Traffic Operations and Safety Laboratory.
“We heard a honk, but we didn’t register anything until we saw the police lights and we looked and were like, ‘oh my gosh.’” Jamie Goodyear, a resident of the encampment in Reindahl Park said.
Goodyear and her boyfriend, Anthony Kudingo saw paramedics try to safe the man’s life after he was hit by a car on East Washington Ave., right next to the encampment.
Goodyear and Kudingo saw another person get hit by a car a few months ago.
“I’ve had people yell at me before for riding my bike down the sidewalk and I look at them and say, I don’t trust riding my bike on the side of the road because of these reasons, because of what we saw last night, because of what we saw a couple months ago,” Goodyear said.
Madison Police have increased enforcement along the corridor throughout the summer, to monitor speeding and other driver behavior.
“We’re still early in the investigation, so we can’t comment on the nature of that and the dynamics, but certainly it points to the ongoing safety issues we have on East Washington Ave.,” Lt. Tony Fiore with the Traffic Enforcement Team said.
Fiore encourages not only drivers, but pedestrians and cyclists to follow the rules.
“We’re certainly not in the business of blaming the victims of any of these crashes,” Fiore said. “But looking both ways before you cross the street is still good advice, we want to make sure the drivers are doing their part, but also that the pedestrians and bicyclists are doing their job as well.”
Fiore said between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, officers wrote about 1,600 citations and warnings for drivers on East Washington Ave. Fiore added this is well above what they’ve seen historically.
Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway stated that her administration is working on speed reduction across the city.
I have been keeping in close touch with Madison Police Department officials regarding last evening’s pedestrian fatality on East Washington Ave. It is my understanding that the driver of the vehicle involved is cooperating with officers. At this point, the incident is under investigation and it’s too early to determine a cause.
In the face of rising fatalities locally and nationally, the City has been working for months to convince the public to slow down. MPD has greatly stepped up enforcement on the East Washington corridor with well over 2,500 warnings and citations issued. We lowered the speed limit on East Washington and have been using environmental controls, traffic signal timing, speed boards, and electronic messaging to convince drivers to slow down. Data shows that our efforts in managing the speed on the East Washington Ave corridor are having a positive effect, reducing the percentage of vehicles traveling over 40 mph by 30-90% depending on the time of day and location, but our efforts to understand each death, and address the issues we can address will continue.
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