A couple was hit and killed by a car while crossing the street in Hyde Park on Monday morning, according to the Cincinnati Police Department (CPD).
Police say the couple, a man and woman in their 70s, were crossing the street near Cryer and Linwood avenues around 8:30 a.m. when they were hit by a car driving eastbound on Linwood.
The woman was declared dead at the scene after police and fire crews attempted treatment and the man was transported to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, however, he did die from his injuries.
CPD says the driver of the car stayed at the scene of the crash and is cooperating with their investigation.
Pedestrian safety has been a growing concern in Cincinnati neighborhoods, particularly in Avondale and Northside. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that as of Oct. 25, 265 pedestrians have been involved in automobile accidents.
In June, members of the Cincinnati City Council allocated $500,000 of the FY 2022 budget to pedestrian safety improvements, bringing the year's total to about $1.25 million once you add in the city manager's budget. In 2022 budget documents, the city says that locally, Vision Zero has "developed over 200 pedestrian safety projects in 37 neighborhoods" with 2021 budget funds.
Vision Zero is an initiative to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and injuries. The movement began in Sweden and has been implemented in cities around the globe, including in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education also has adopted Vision Zero.
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