Man left in critical condition after getting hit on road marked "not a crosswalk"

Pedestrian safety crosswalk at the intersection of F St. and HWY 199 where the accident happened on Sunday morning. (Jennevieve Fong / News 10)

According to Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, 28-year-old Braxton Smith was walking across the Grants Pass Parkway near F Street when he was hit by 24-year-old Kayla Sandgren.

Both Smith and Sandgren are Josephine County residents.

Just before 6:00 a.m. Sunday, GPDPS responded to a Sandgren's call that she had hit Smith while he was crossing the road. GPPD investigators determined Smith had been crossing the road in an area designated "not a crosswalk."

"Each intersection, whether it's marked with a crosswalk or not, pedestrians also have the responsibility to make sure that traffic is not coming so close that it does constitute a hazard," Deputy Chief Jim Hamilton said.

The investigation shut down the parkway for about three hours as the crash was reconstructed. Police noted the area is not only a "not a crosswalk" location, but also one of high-speed, increasing the risk to any pedestrians.

“There are signs that are posted on both sides of that intersection that a crosswalk closed, there's a reason for that,” Hamilton said. “When the traffic engineers go through and look at certain intersections, they make a decision based on safety.”

Smith was taken to Asante Three Rivers Medical Center where he is reportedly in critical, but stable condition, according to GPPD.

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