Woman struck by car still in critical shape

A 57-year-old woman who was struck by a car as she was walking her dog in south Wichita late Wednesday morning remains in critical condition at a local hospital, police said Thursday.

The woman was walking west on Morris, near Lincoln, when she began crossing Oliver at about 11:50 a.m. Wednesday, Lt. Doug Nolte said.

"Witnesses say that the pedestrian walking the dog ... never looked and didn't stop — just walked into traffic," Nolte said.

The driver of a southbound car had almost no time to react and struck the woman and her dog, witnesses told police.

The dog was taken to a local animal hospital for treatment, Nolte said, and is expected to survive.

The 35-year-old woman who was driving the car was taken to a local hospital for evaluation following the collision.

"Pedestrians are thought to always have the right-of-way, and if a pedestrian is in a crosswalk or in the street and the driver sees them, the driver needs to stop," Nolte said.

But pedestrians must pay attention to the rules of the road, he said.

"They can't just enter traffic because they are a pedestrian," he said.

There is no marked crosswalk or crossing light at the intersection of Oliver and Morris, Nolte said. He said pedestrians should cross only at marked crosswalks — with walk/don't walk lights if at all possible.

It's worth it to pedestrians and drivers alike, he said, even if it means altering your route to get there.

No citations have been issued in the case, Nolte said, though the investigation continues.

This is the 11th collision involving a pedestrian in Wichita this year, Lt. Joe Schroeder of the Accident Follow Up unit said.