UPDATE @ 9:27 p.m.: A 44-year-old man was attempting to walk across State Route 4 north with a woman when he was hit by a car. He remains in critical condition at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton Sgt. John Jezioro said.
The woman with him and the driver were not injured in the accident that occurred as the car rounded the bend on the highway near the Keowee Street exit. The driver, who was not identified by name, will not be charged, Jezioro said.
No word on whether the woman walking with the man will be charged, Jezioro said, and police are waiting to what will happen with the man to determine whether charges against him will be pursued. He hit the windshield in the accident, the sergeant said.
Jezioro said investigators don’t know why the man and woman were trying to cross the highway after walking up an embankment, but it is illegal to cross a highway or interstate on foot.
The north and south lanes of the highway reopened just after 9 p.m. The north lanes were shut down for more than 3 hours for the accident investigation. The south lanes were closed for a shorter time.
UPDATE @ 6:35 p.m.: The far right lane on State Route 4 south remains open while all of northbound 4 remains closed for the pedestrian accident investigation.
UPDATE @ 6:19 p.m.: Route 4 north, in the area of Keowee Street, is expected to be closed for some time because of the pedestrian accident investigation.
Traffic is being diverted off the highway at Webster Street.
Police and a medic unit are on the scene of a pedestrian who has been struck by a vehicle on State Route 4 north.
We’re told the victim has been taken to Miami Valley Hospital. The person’s condition is not known.
Dayton fire medic personnel have asked that Route 4 north, in the area of Keowee Street, be shut down because of the accident. The ramp to Route 4 from I-75 south has been shut down as well.
Traffic is being directed off the highway.
Crews were dispatched about 5:40 p.m.
We have a crew en route. We’ll update this report as information becomes available.
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