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Durham woman hit by car calls for crosswalk

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DURHAM, N.C. -

A Durham woman wants to make an area of Pilot Street safer after she suffered serious injuries when she was hit by a car while crossing that street.

Leigh Noon wants a pedestrian crossing on Pilot Street near its intersection with Fayetteville Street.

Noon was hit by a car near that intersection in June 2013. She suffered a fractured arm, leg, hip, and sustained damage to her spine and pelvis. The driver of the car that hit Noon told police they were traveling at the posted 25 miles per hour when the accident occurred.

"So, it was a month in the hospital. A lot of rehab," Noon said.  She is now back on the job at Eagle Point Apartments.

The area of Pilot Street where Noon was hit is near the crest of a hill, making it difficult for drivers to see what is ahead.

A week ago, Noon wrote a letter to Durham Mayor Bill Bell and the City Council asking for a pedestrian crossing to be added to the street. The city said options are limited on where they can install a crosswalk because of the sight distance, but the issue is being investigated.

"They (transportation) are still reviewing this, and made a site visit last week. They say they are limited because of sight distance as to where a crosswalk can be installed.  But they are continuing to look into this and trying to determine where one could safely be installed for both the driver and pedestrian," said Beverly Thompson with Durham Public Affairs.

The cost of striped crosswalks range from approximately $100 to $2,100 each, or on average approximately $7 per square foot, according to The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. A high visibility crosswalk can range from $600 to $5,700 each, or around $2,500 on average.

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center is funded by the Federal Highway Administration and housed within the UNC Highway Safety Research Center in Chapel Hill.

Thompson said the city would have a better idea of the cost of the crossing once particulars are determined.

"Even if they put a crosswalk with painted lines." Noon said. "And I know in some streets, they even have the little pedestrian crossing sign in the middle of the street."

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, four crashes involving pedestrians occurred in the area of Pilot Street between Fayetteville Street and White Oak Avenue from Dec. 1, 2008, to Nov. 30, 2013.

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