Police urging community to take care after second pedestrian dies

Goldfields PSA Inspector Donna Mitchell is calling for pedestrians and drivers to look out for each other on the roads following the deaths of two pedestrians on the same stretch of road in the past seven months.

Police are calling on the community to look out for each other and eliminate distractions on the road after two pedestrians tragically died on the same Maryborough street within seven months.

Last week a 77-year-old man was hit by a vehicle while crossing the road at the Inkerman and High streets roundabout. The man died later that evening after being airlifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

It was just metres from where a 95-year-old man died shortly after he was struck by a car while crossing Inkerman Street on his mobility scooter in July last year.

A woman was also struck by a vehicle while using a pedestrian crossing on High Street in May last year and just three weeks later, a man on a motorised scooter was hit by a car while using a pedestrian crossing between Nolan and Inkerman streets. Both escaped with minor injuries.

Goldfields Police Service Area Inspector Donna Mitchell said the incidents are “very concerning” for police and that drivers need to take responsibility for their actions on the road.

“It’s very concerning, not only for the people and their families who have been impacted but also for the community’s perception of safety,” she said.

For more on this story see the Front Page of The Advertiser, Friday, February 7

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