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10/31/2013 3:22:00 PM
Sedona visitor seriously injured crossing road in Uptown traffic

SEDONA -- A Sedona visitor from Alpharetta, Ga., was crossing the four-lane highway in the Uptown shopping area from Pink Jeep Tours, just north of the Forest Road intersection. The man stopped for traffic momentarily on the double yellow lines.

One car had come to a stop for the pedestrian in the curbside southbound lane, but a second vehicle struck him as he darted across the two southbound lanes.

A Jeep Cherokee in the high-speed lane was driven by a 65-year old Sedona woman. When her SUV struck the man, he was flipped on to the hood, struck the windshield and was thrown back into the highway from the passenger side.

The 66-year-old Georgia man was airlifted to Flagstaff Medical Center trauma unit.

The injury closed the highway for about 45 minutes, according to Sgt. Lucas Wilcoxson.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Article comment by: Georgia Jaywalker

Maybe if the Sedona police department spent more time on jaywalking enforcement in the Uptown area, rather than harassing out-of towners on holidays, things like this wouldn't happen. Jaywalking occurs multiple times every hour in the Uptown area - virtually all of it tourists - creating a very hazardous situation for all, but the Sedona police department seems to be absent.

Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Article comment by: Georgia Jaywalker

No one said that drivers should target jaywalkers. What was said was that the idiot from Georgia who was too lazy to cross in a crosswalk was the cause of his own problem.

You are obviously a member of the law enforcement community - probably Sedona - who must be sympathetic to jaywalkers. Maybe you would like to start a discussion on the different set of traffic laws which seem to be applicable to law enforcement, i.e., not using turn signals, speeding, etc.? You obviously consider yourself an "expert", but, of course, anyone outside of law enforcement is not an "expert" in your mind.

Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Article comment by: Justin Woods

What law says you are allowed to hit someone who is jaywalking? Have you seen the video that the Sedona police have as evidence? Where you there when this happened? Do you know who the Jaywalker is? How fast was the drtiver going? What is your expertise in this matter? Sounds like you may need to do your homework or let the experts handle the matter cause they are handling the matter.

Posted: Sunday, November 3, 2013
Article comment by: Georgia Jaywalker

RG Richard -

Are you creating new laws in your mind? There is no such law that if one car stops to yield to a jaywalker, that the car in the next lane must yield to the jaywalker. In fact, it is highly likely that the car stopping in the curbside lane blocked the other car's view of the jaywalker. The jaywalker was doing something illegal and voluntarily put himself in jeopardy through his incredible laziness. Are you sympathetic to illegal aliens, too?

Posted: Sunday, November 3, 2013
Article comment by: RG Richard

@ Georgia jaywalker

Technically, you are correct about the crosswalk however once the curbside lane motorist stopped for the Pedestrian, that means the auto traffic has yielded to the Pedestrian. The car that hit the Pedestrian had to see the Pedestrian as well as the car stopped in the curbside lane. You cannot arbitrarily run over Pedestrians even outside of crosswalks especially when another car has already stopped for the Pedestrian.

Clearly the motorist who struck the Pedestrian wasn't paying attention, especially in an area where high numbers of Tourists congregate.

Posted: Saturday, November 2, 2013
Article comment by: Slater slater

Jay Walking? Perhaps the Vortex was on break.

Posted: Saturday, November 2, 2013
Article comment by: Georgia jaywalker

It appears that this Georgia man was jaywalking. This happens all the time in Uptown, despite numerous marked crosswalks. Tourists are too lazy to walk the few steps to the crosswalks, especially around the Chamber of Commerce tourist building close to where this occurred.

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