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Ashland Pedestrian Dies In Car Accident

ASHLAND, Ore. — A long standing problem in one Southern Oregon community has claimed the life of an elderly man.

An Ashland man died Wednesday. He was hit by a car while crossing the street. The crash happened around 8:30 Wednesday morning at the intersection of north main street and water street.

Police said 90-year-old Anthony Kraft was walking on this cross walk when a car turning left hit him, knocking him to the ground. The driver, 43-year-old Justin Tombe, was driving less than 10 miles an hour when he hit Kraft.

Kraft immediately fell to the ground, hitting his head. Police said Tombe did not see the elderly man who was inside the crosswalk. Kraft was taken to a local hospital and died Wednesday afternoon.

One man we spoke to Wednesday said regardless of your age or the experience you have behind the wheel, pedestrians and motorists alike should take extra precautions to ensure their safety and the safety of others.

“That they look you in the eye, they acknowledge you and they realize you’re there and they’re not going to make a mistake. That’s my main point of it that you want to make sure that somebody acknowledges you before before you walk in front of a car with an engine on,” said Eric Hogan.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports, across the nation in 2007, more than 4,800 pedestrians were killed in traffic deaths and more than 118,000 were injured.

With high pedestrian traffic the city of Ashland has taken steps toward protecting those walking including new signs and lights near Siskiyou Boulevard, an area with a lot of cars and a lot of people.

Ashland Police officials said the investigation into this incident is ongoing and the case will be referred to the district attorney’s office for review.