Crosswalk on busy Springfield street will give pedestrians safer path

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - A woman hit while walking across north Glenstone Friday night remains in critical condition. It's just the latest in a series of accidents involving pedestrians in that area. But a safer route for walkers is on the way.

Trying to cross busy north Glenstone on foot Friday night caused life threatening injuries for 39 year old Rebecca Distefano.

Ricardo Rodriguez, owner of Ziggie's Cafe on north Glenstone, saw the emergency lights Friday, and it's not the first time. He actually witnessed one accident several months ago.

The Missouri Department of Transportation says there have been 10 pedestrian accidents reported on the stretch of Glenstone between Kearney and I-44 in the last five years.

"I think the motels down there; A lot of people stay in the motels, and just want to walk across the street, have a drink, food," Rodriguez says.

One walker told us he frequently crosses Glenstone and has had some close calls. "Yeah, but only because I jumped out in traffic because I tried to like race across traffic," says Lenny Drouillard.

Because of the number of accidents and walkers in the area, MoDot is installing a mid-block crosswalk to give pedestrians a safer path. You'll eventually see stripes painted on the pavement, and when someone hits the button, yellow lights will flash. When a driver sees someone in the crosswalk, they're required to stop, or they're breaking the law.

"Yeah, they need to do something," says Rodriguez. He hopes people will use the new crosswalk, as it could save lives.

The crosswalk should be completed in a couple of weeks. A similar crossing is going in on Glenstone between Bennett and Portland.