Man dies after being struck by motorist

Witnesses report beacon/hawk was not lit at time of accident; no criminal charges

Cottonwood police are investigating a vehicle-pedestrian fatal crash that occurred Thursday, around 8:30 p.m., at the intersection of Main and Cherry streets. The pictured police outline shows where officers found the victim. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

Cottonwood police are investigating a vehicle-pedestrian fatal crash that occurred Thursday, around 8:30 p.m., at the intersection of Main and Cherry streets. The pictured police outline shows where officers found the victim. VVN/Vyto Starinskas

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Police said the pedestrian beacon/hawk at the crosswalk was functioning properly, but investigators do not believe the pedestrian pushed the crosswalk button to activate the beacon before entering. VVN/Halie Chavez

COTTONWOOD – A man died after being struck by a motorist at the intersection of Main and Cherry streets Thursday night, according to Cottonwood police.

According to a news release from Cottonwood PD Sgt. Cody Savage, the accident occurred at about 8:34 p.m.

“Officers conducted an investigation on the driver of the Dodge SUV and did not discover any criminal offenses,” the news release states.

The news release states a blue Dodge Nitro SUV was traveling north in the inside lane of Main Street when the victim, a 42-year-old man from Clarkdale, entered the crosswalk. “The light conditions were dark and the driver did not see the pedestrian enter the crosswalk,” Sgt. Savage’s news release stated.

Although officers determined the pedestrian beacon/hawk at the crosswalk was functioning properly, witnesses reported the beacon was not activated before the man entered the crosswalk, according to Sgt. Savage.

Sgt. Savage said emergency medical personnel responded and continued treatment for the man, who was subsequently transported by ambulance to Verde Valley Medical Center. He “unfortunately passed,” said Sgt. Savage.

Savage said the Cottonwood Police Department Advanced Collision Investigative Team responded to the scene to assist.

“At this time their investigation is ongoing,” he said.

Information provided by Cottonwood Police Dept.

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IzzatSo 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I have been at that intersection on the sidewalk in the daytime and watched as a person attempted to cross Main Street with the beacon lights flashing. I saw at least ten vehicles zoom past in both directions, not slowing down at all. This is also where there are signs telling drivers that pedestrians have the right of way to cross there. So what? The drivers I saw were either ignorant or unconcerned about these lights and signs. Maybe Cottonwood PD should give out some tickets to increase awareness to this dangerous situation. Sad that I have to recommend punishment rather than education as the most likely successful solution to this problem.

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