Man hit while crossing street, but cited for ignoring “don’t walk” signal

A man crossing against the light in downtown Aberdeen Wednesday night was hit by a 17-year-old driver, but the man who was hit was cited for crossing against the light.

The 41-year-old Aberdeen man was on crutches at the corner of Heron Street and Broadway and began to cross just as the 17-year-old driving a 2005 Kia pulled out of the Safeway parking lot about 9:30 p.m.

The driver said he saw the light at Heron and Broadway turn green as he headed east, but when he looked down for a moment to check his speed, he saw the man in front of his car, according to a police report.

The driver hit his brakes but hit the man, whose impact broke a headlight and the windshield of the car, said Aberdeen Police Capt. John Green.

“Witnesses said the man went into the crosswalk against the ‘don’t walk’ light,” Green said. “Traffic on Heron had the green light, so he wasn’t paying attention.”

The man suffered a head contusion and was treated at Grays Harbor Community Hospital. Police issued him an infraction for failure to obey pedestrian control signals, Green said.