Pedestrian hit near ECU campus

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – A pedestrian has been hit on a busy Greenville street near the East Carolina University campus this afternoon.

Greenville police said it happened at East 10th Street and Forest Hills Circle. That is the location of a crosswalk at the start of the Green Mill Run Greenway.

A police spokeswoman said they are in the early stages of their investigation but at this time the accident does not appear to involve college students.

WITN spoke with ECU students who frequently walk in this area. One of them, freshman Katie Caras, said she had a run-in with a vehicle just this very morning while riding her scooter to class.

“Going on the crosswalk… I am always very hesitant. The person slowed down and then until I got in front, the car sped up, so people around here can be rude even when they are paying attention,” Caras said. “There is still a chance you can get hit by a car.”

Caras says she tries her best to stay on the sidewalk, but intersections near the campus are dangerous, especially with early morning and late evening classes.

Kensey Tarkington is also a freshman at the university. She said crossing the road early in the morning can be scary.

“You never know if someone isn’t paying attention or half asleep,” Tarkington said. “So it is a little bit nerve-racking, but I always cross at crosswalks, the ones that make the noise. I try my best to be safe, but it is definitely your life in the hands of whether or not someone is paying attention.”

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