Woman hit by car while trying to catch bus

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PHOENIX – A woman who was trying to catch a city bus was hit by a car Friday morning.

It happened just before 7 a.m. at 32nd Street and Indian School Road.

Witnesses told police the woman, who is believed to be in her mid-20s, was crossing the street against the signal.

“Certainly her attention was set on catching the bus,” said Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department. “It’s a problem we see far too often here in the Valley.”

A car heading east on Indian School Road, into the rising sun, hit the woman.

“[The driver] probably never even saw this lady who was crossing on a red signal light,” Thompson said. “The results were tragic.” The driver stopped, as required by law, and was talking to police. Thompson said that does not always happen.

“In this case, this woman [the driver] did the right thing. She probably won’t be cited for anything,” Thompson said. “If she had fled, it would have compounded things unnecessarily.”

The victim, whose name has not been released, was in critical condition when she was taken to the hospital.

Thompson said this kind of accident, in which people cross the street mid-block or against the light, are common in Phoenix.

A 10-year-old boy was killed Thursday night when he was hit by a pickup truck as he crossed the street outside a crosswalk. The driver in that case fled the scene.

Police closed Indian School Road in both directions at 32nd Street to conduct their investigation. That closure was expected to remain in place for at least a couple of hours.