ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - A new campaign is underway in St. Paul, Minn. to remind drivers to look and stop for pedestrians following another fatal pedestrian accident in the city Tuesday night.
A Regions Hospital employee was outside the clinic near the intersection at Cayuga Street and N. Arkright Street when she was struck by a car and killed. It is the third pedestrian fatality in St. Paul this year.
The accident has once again put pedestrian safety at the top of mind for many people in the city. St. Paul Police Department kicked off their “Stop for Me” campaign on Wednesday, sending volunteers to cross the street and stopping drivers that failed to yield. They have done the same thing nearly two dozen times in the past month throughout the city.
“I think it's been very effective,” Sgt. Jason Ellison said. “I think we're getting the message out. We've had contact with several hundred drivers who've failed to stop for pedestrians [and] we've given out several hundred citations.”
Police say the driver, 41-year-old Said Mohammed, was not impaired. He stopped after striking the victim and is cooperating with police.
Mohammed told Fox 9 he did not see the victim crossing the street.
“One of the things I always tell people [is] if you drive every day and drive for a month and you don't see any pedestrians to stop for, then you're really not looking for pedestrians because they're all over the place,” Dave Pasiuk, one of the Stop for Me volunteers, said.