Man struck walking across Horizon

Grand Junction police investigate a pedestrian and SUV accident on Horizon Drive across the street from the WW Peppers building around 10 p.m. Thursday night.

A 57-year-old pedestrian was hospitalized Thursday night after he was hit by a sport-utility vehicle on Horizon Drive, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

Utah resident Mark Harrington was attempting to cross Horizon Drive south of the intersection with Crossroads Boulevard when the SUV hit him shortly before 9:30 p.m. According to a press release, police believe Harrington was not in a crosswalk when the southbound SUV hit him.

Harrington was hospitalized with serious bodily injuries, according to the police department.

The crash was still being investigated as of Friday afternoon. Neither the driver nor Harrington had been cited as of 5 p.m. Friday.

There were six traffic crashes involving pedestrians on Horizon Drive between 2005 and 2013, according to a two-year-old study by the Horizon Drive Business Improvement District. Three people have been killed along Horizon Drive in the last five years as a result of being struck by a vehicle.

The most recent victim, Matthew Bandelin, 38, of Englewood, died just three months ago after being struck by a Jeep near the Travelodge at 718 Horizon Drive.

On June 10, 2012, 79-year-old Loretta Clark Pereda of Whittier, California, was hit and killed by a truck in the same area.

Durango resident Richard Baird, 61, was killed after a car struck him Oct. 17, 2010, on Horizon Drive between Travelodge and Denny’s at 710 Horizon Drive.

Safety concerns for Horizon Drive pedestrians have prompted the city of Grand Junction to propose placing a crosswalk with flashing lights across Horizon Drive near Travelodge. The only existing crosswalks across Horizon Drive between a roundabout at 12th Street and a roundabout south of Grand Junction Regional Airport are at Crossroads Boulevard, G Road, and near the Interstate 70 interchange. 

Construction of two roundabouts with crosswalks on either side of the I-70 interchange on Horizon Drive is expected to begin in September.


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