Eastwood fatality prompts police to warn of high risk

POLICE have stressed the importance of pedestrian safety after a 61 year old woman was hit by a car and killed in Eastwood last Saturday.

The fatality occurred around 2.40 pm at the intersection of Rutledge Street and East Parade, Eastwood and the woman was rushed to Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition, where she later died.

The 62-year-old male driver was taken to Ryde Police Station where he was charged with Dangerous driving Occasioning Death and Drive Manner Dangerous and Negligent Driving.

He was granted conditional bail to appear in Burwood Local Court on May 30.

The fatality has prompted police to issue a statement to urge motorists to be aware of pedestrians.

“It is easy to become complacent about safety, especially on a familiar route such as on your way to or from work,” a police statement said.

“Taking risks and not being mindful on the roads can have serious consequences.

“It’s important to have your head in the moment and make safe decisions when crossing the road.”

The police statement also urges pedestrians to take extra care.

“Before you cross the road look before you cross,” it said.

“Just because someone else decides to cross, doesn’t mean it’s safe for you, make sure you unplug your earphones and put away your phone.

“Never assume that an approaching vehicle can see you, or will stop for you.

“Wait until all vehicles have stopped before you step off the kerb. Avoid crossing between parked cars or at the front or back of buses and large vehicles

“At intersections, check for turning vehicles before you leave the kerb, and while you are crossing the road and wear bright, light coloured clothing at night or in reduced visibility conditions.

Police also urge pedestrians to use pedestrian crossings and wait for the walk signal.

“At traffic lights, don’t enter the road if vehicles are moving through the crossing or if the red don’t walk signal shows,” the statement said.