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Two La Crosse pedestrians hit by cars, killed in one week

Two La Crosse pedestrians have been hit by vehicles and killed in the past week, media outlets reported.

Another pedestrian was hit and injured in Onalaska within minutes of one of the La Crosse fatalities.

The first fatality died this past Friday at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital of his injuries in the early Wednesday accident. The visually impaired man, 49 years old, was struck by a pick-up truck on Mormon Coulee Road near South 33rd Street.

He lived in a nearby apartment and used a white, reflective cane to cross streets. According to Wisconsin law, visually impaired people have the right of way as they cross streets, even if they're not in a crosswalk.

At the spot where he was struck, pedestrians must cross four lanes of traffic often moving faster than the posted speed limit of 40 miles per hour. Nearby residents said the spot has been a fatal accident waiting to happen.

Many residents have been lobbying the city to put a stoplight there to slow traffic before it splits onto Highway 35 and Highways 14/61.

The other fatality involved a Wisconsin-La Crosse student, 23, who died of her injuries Sunday after being struck on La Crosse Street near Oakland Street on Friday evening.

A local media report said she "entered the street quickly" outside of a crosswalk. The driver hit the brakes hard, but was unable to stop.

Less than 10 minutes later, a 55-year-old Onalaska man was hit by a vehicle. He was taken by ambulance to Gundersen Lutheran, where he was treated in the ER and then released.

Our Wisconsin personal injury law firm handles similar cases. For more information, visit our La Crosse car accidents page.

Source: La Crosse Tribune, "2 pedestrians die after hit by cars in La Crosse; 1 hurt in Onalaska," Sept. 9, 2012

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