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Woman, 79, hit crossing Falls of Neuse Road

Posted October 21, 2010

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— An 79-year-old woman was struck by a car while crossing Falls of Neuse Road in north Raleigh Thursday morning, police said.

Florence Jean McMahon, of Raleigh, was trying to cross the street at Carlos Drive, where there is no marked crosswalk shortly before 7 a.m., according to the wreck report. Some vehicles stopped to let her pass, but one driver changed lanes to pass a vehicle that was slowing.

McMahon stepped in front of the vehicle and was struck, the report states. She was taken to WakeMed, where she was listed in good condition.

No charges were filed. Police stated in the report that the driver couldn't see McMahon until she changed lanes and that she was going 35 mph in a 45-mph zone.

Falls of Neuse was temporarily reduced to two lanes between Carlos and North Bend drives immediately after the wreck.

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  • Footflash Oct 22, 2010

    This is DIRECTLY the fault of the drivers that stopped to let her cross where there was no cross walk. I have seen no less than 1/2 a dozen traffic accidents where some driver, thinking they are being nice, will let a car out, or to left turn, across 2 lanes of traffic, and WHAMO! We have rules for a reason people!
    I'm glad she is okay, but this really is not the driver's fault.

  • SoFarFromHome Oct 21, 2010

    "How about drivers being more observant! How about better crossing lanes? How about a pedestrian crossover? How about drivers obeying the speed limit? How about drivers getting off their phones? How about drivers waiting to have their coffee until after they arrive at their destination?" -2thec

    How about people take responsibility for their actions? She crossed where there wasn't a crosswalk, that would have given her the right of way. A pedestrian crossover would shut down traffic for probably months. If they just followed the rules, they could cross at the crosswalk that already exists, when their light says walk. The driver was obeying the speed limit apparently, and going less than. If someone slows down in front of you and there's room to change lanes, I'm sure you would do it too. There's nothing against the law about doing that.

    And if you can't drink whatever you choose while driving, you probably shouldn't be driving in the first place. It's just not that hard..

  • Baybee Doll Oct 21, 2010

    It is still dark at that time. I can see how it could happen. It was especially hard to see this morning also, perhaps due to fog.

  • mpheels Oct 21, 2010

    "I hope the person will be okay and that this is a wake up call for the driver to think why cars might be slowing down ahead."

    Motorists should always be aware of what is happening on the road ahead, but more than anything this should be a wake up call to pedestrians to follow the law when crossing the street, and for motorist to not stop to let pedestrians cross illegally.

  • Kimbby Oct 21, 2010

    She says she was doing 35---how do they know? Do you really think she would admit it if she were speeding, or texting or anything else? Just a thought. I hope the person will be okay and that this is a wake up call for the driver to think why cars might be slowing down ahead. kebsmom

    When you strike something, your spedometor locks at whatever speed you were going. This is what I've heard anyways?

  • uncw05 Oct 21, 2010

    kebsmom- they use physics to figure it out based on tire tracks, witness accounts, how far the person is thrown, how much they weigh, ect.

  • kebsmom Oct 21, 2010

    She says she was doing 35---how do they know? Do you really think she would admit it if she were speeding, or texting or anything else? Just a thought. I hope the person will be okay and that this is a wake up call for the driver to think why cars might be slowing down ahead.

  • btneast Oct 21, 2010

    Sad, but the pedestrian was clearly at fault here....she was jaywalking. We all have done it.....but you take the risk upon yourself when doing so. That is one road I would be afraid to cross even at a crosswalk. Dealing with elder issues now with 2 different parents....one in an assisted living facility, the other soon to be it seems...the quickness of mind they once had just isn't there anymore. You see folks that used to be as sharp as tacks do things they would never have done before....things they used to wear your hide out for doing.

  • uncw05 Oct 21, 2010

    boingc - not a crime to change lanes to pass, but some caution is in order to make sure that you don't fall victim to whatever it is that they may be slowing for.

  • rescuefan Oct 21, 2010

    "These October mornings are dark and foggy before the sun actually comes up. I'm not a fan of daylight savings time in October. JMO.
    macharsam"

    Most mornings are dark before the sun comes up, regardless of the time of the year. This morning was foggy. That has nothing to do daylight savings time. All that's going to happen when the time changes back is it's going to be dark at night after the sun goes down earlier in the evening.

    I hope this woman ends up being okay. I'm not sure what was going through her mind that made her think she could walk out in traffic like that.

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