Woman, 82, hit and killed in Ephrata crosswalk, WSP reports
EPHRATA, Wash. — A woman was hit and killed in a crosswalk on Wednesday as the driver making a turn at an intersection in Ephrata.
The crash happened shortly after 11 a.m. at 1st Avenue NW and SR 28/Basin Street NW.
Washington State Patrol says a Ford F350 pickup was heading southbound on 1st Avenue when, while turning east onto SR 28/Basin Street, the driver hit an 82-year-old woman as she was walking across the street.
“Sadly, this is now a fatality collision investigation,” tweeted Trooper John Bryant.
— Trooper John Bryant (@wspd6pio) April 21, 2021
The victim — Stefania Medzyak of Soap Lake — was walking north, crossing SR 28/Basin Street in a painted crosswalk when she was hit, WSP reports. She died at the scene.
WSP determined the driver was not impaired at the time of the collision and had no criminal intent, but failed to yield to the pedestrian. The driver was released at the scene.
Part of the area was closed while troopers conducted an investigation.
Trooper Bryant said a preliminary investigation showed the driver was making a left-hand turn, looking at and following the vehicle in front of her, when she clipped the pedestrian with her pickup. Medzyak fell and hit her head on the ground.
The case will be reviewed by supervisors, detectives, and a prosecutor to determine if any criminal charges should be filed in this case; a coroner’s inquest and report are still to come.
The driver spoke with investigators and was allowed to leave with a pending charge of failure to yield to a pedestrian. A prosecuting attorney will ultimately decide whether any charges will be filed against the driver.
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