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Friday, February 16, 2018

Police: Pedestrian Struck in Crosswalk on Grand Avenue in Newport

On Thursday in the early morning hours, Newport and Fort Thomas police and emergency responders were dispatched to the corner of Grand Avenue and Churchill Drive after a vehicle collided with a pedestrian at 7:06 a.m.

According to police reports, the vehicle was turning east onto Grand Avenue from the light at Churchill Drive when he struck a pedestrian in the crosswalk. Newport Police handled the call while Fort Thomas Police helped block traffic. 

The victim, a 64 year-old male from Fort Thomas, was taken to University of Cincinnati hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. St. Elizabeth Hospital is in the same block of Grand Avenue, but University has a trauma unit that can more readily handle these types of injuries. 

Police said that the driver indicated he didn't see the person in the crosswalk because of the low levels of light in the morning and added that the victim was wearing dark clothing, which made it difficult for him to see him crossing. 

The driver of the vehicle, also from Fort Thomas, is a forty-seven year-old male. 

Newport Police Chief, Tom Collins, said that no charges were filed at the scene, but wouldn't rule out that possibility. 

"We'll talk more with the victim to determine whether or not this act was wanton or if it was in fact, an accident," he said. 

Fort Thomas Matters will update this story once more is known. 

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