COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)– Police are investigating after a pedestrian was killed on Cleveland Avenue on Tuesday.
Police say 59-year-old Karen Tucker was trying to cross the street and was hit by a car driven by another Columbus woman. Tucker was pronounced dead at the scene.
Matthew Thomas, owner of Dreamers Barbershop at the intersection of Cleveland and Cordell, said he heard the moment of impact.
“Unfortunately, they didn’t make it,” he said.
With no visible crosswalks, pedestrians are forced to cross at their own risk–including students from nearby Linden-McKinley High School.
Robert Lucas and his wife Linta live on Cordell. He said he has been struck twice while riding his bike on Cleveland Ave.
“It’s a very busy intersection from the time 3-5,” he said. “It’s really horrible. You have to basically run to get across the street. If not, you’re going to get hit by a car because they don’t really slow down.”
This isn’t the first time this year a pedestrian has been struck at this intersection. On the evening of July 11, 10-year-old Urahi Williams-Ross was hit by a car as she began crossing the street.
She suffered fractures to her skull, but her parents told NBC4 a few days later that she was responsive and talking despite her serious injuries.
People who live and work here believe the city needs to do something before someone else gets hurt.
“They need another traffic light here so that the kids can cross the street safely,” said Linata Charles, another Linden resident.