In separate incidents, 2 Fresno pedestrians struck by vehicles, severely hurt

The Fresno BeeJanuary 27, 2014 

A pedestrian is in critical condition after he was struck by a car late Sunday in Fresno, the second such collision in two days, police reported.

The incident took place just before 11 p.m. as a 22-year-old woman drove north on Fresno Street just south of Shaw Avenue. Lt. Joe Gomez said the driver was obeying traffic laws when the 39-year-old man walked in front of her Ford Mustang from Fairmont Avenue. Gomez said that despite the presence street lights, the area is dark at night.

The impact tossed the man into the windshield of the Mustang and then back to the street. He sustained head, facial and spinal injuries and was taken to Community Regional Medical Center. Gomez said the driver was not under the influence but the intoxication level of the pedestrian was not known.

On Saturday night, another pedestrian was hit by a vehicle in southwest Fresno on Belmont Avenue near Delno Avenue, Gomez said. Officers found the 23-year-old man lying in the eastbound lanes of Belmont with head injuries in addition to a possible broken arm. He was taken to Community Regional and was expected to survive.

Gomez said statements officers received at the scene indicated the man walked in front of the vehicle on the darkened avenue. He said the female driver was obeying traffic laws and was not intoxicated, and that officers smelled alcohol on the injured man.

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