Only a few hours into 2016, Louisville already had its first pedestrian struck by a motorist in the new year. The collision took place on Dixie Highway between Alanadale Drive and Valley Station Road just before 3:00a.m. on Friday, January 1, 2016.
According to those reports, an unidentified woman was struck by a motorist who then fled the scene. The woman was taken to University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
This stretch of Dixie Highway is mostly missing sidewalks and crosswalks, making the trek from surrounding residential streets to neighborhood restaurants and shopping especially treacherous. Valley High School is also located in the vicinity, making the walk to school for local students even more dangerous by design.
Louisville is still in the midst of a three-year pedestrian safety campaign called Look Alive Louisville due to the city’s above-average pedestrian fatality and injury rate.
Dixie Highway, among the most unsafe streets in the city, is slated for some improvements hoped to improve safety that will get underway this year. Last September, another pedestrian was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver around the corner on Alanadale Drive who remains at large.