JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A woman trying to cross Philips Highway at Shad Road around 9:20 p.m. Saturday was hit by a car and is in critical condition, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Troopers said a man driving a black Toyota Camry was traveling north on Philips Highway in the left lane when the pedestrian, who was walking in the center median, suddenly walked into the path of the Camry. She was trying to cross when she was hit.
The woman hit was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. No one else was hurt.
The northbound lanes of Philips Highway were closed for up to two hours while FHP investigated the scene near a BP gas station north of the Regal Avenues Theater.
Many people who live and work near the area say it's a dangerous intersection and they wouldn't try crossing it because there aren't any crosswalks and people are usually speeding. Witnesses said the young woman who was hit was crossing a median trying to get to the other side of the highway.
A gas station clerk nearby said he's seen quite a few crashes at that intersection and something needs to be done.
"Signage would do a lot, cross at the crosswalk, give them the opportunity to cross when it's safe to do so," the clerk said. "My heart fell to my feet because it's too close to home, too close, and I hope they do something about it."
The clerk didn't want to be identified but says he knows the woman. He said when he checked on her, she was still in the intensive care unit.
Charges are pending in the case, but troopers say the driver, Sharod McKinney, 32, had not been drinking before the crash.