Superior police investigate car-pedestrian accidentA woman believed to be from Superior is in critical condition following a car-pedestrian accident near the foot of the Blatnik Bridge on Tuesday night.
A woman believed to be from Superior is in critical condition following a car-pedestrian accident near the foot of the Blatnik Bridge on Tuesday night.
Superior police responded to the accident around 8:40 p.m. in the 500 block of Hammond Avenue.
Upon arrival, officers found a female pedestrian lying in the northbound lane of Hammond Avenue. She was breathing but was not conscious.
The Superior Fire Department and Gold Cross Ambulance, provided care to the pedestrian and she was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth.
According to a news release issued by Superior Deputy Chief Nicholas Alexander, the woman is in critical condition in the intensive care unit. Her name is being withheld pending positive identification; she is believed to be a 50-year-old resident of Superior.
The driver of the vehicle that struck her is a man from Duluth. He remained on scene and spoke to officers. The driver was traveling north on Hammond Avenue toward the Blatnik Bridge. He told police the pedestrian must have stepped out in front of his vehicle; he did not see her.
The driver placed the pedestrian in the area near the concrete median south of the crosswalk. The driver did not exhibit any signs of impairment and field sobriety and preliminary breath tests detected no alcohol.
The driver was released.
Two witnesses were present and confirmed the driver’s version of events. The witnesses told police the pedestrian was well to the south of the crosswalk. One witness said the pedestrian did not appear to even look up to check traffic before stepping off the median and another said the pedestrian darted right in front vehicle.
At the time of the accident, it was raining lightly; it was dark outside but lighted by streetlamps, Alexander said in a prepared statement.
The accident remains under investigation.