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Pedestrian killed near Colorado Springs intersection

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Colorado Springs police are searching for the driver in Sunday night's deadly hit and run, which happened just before 8:00 p.m. at North Academy Boulevard and San Miguel.

The victim was trying to cross North Academy Boulevard going southbound when he was hit.

Police are looking for a 2008 gray Ford Escape with Colorado license plate 413XPW. The car has front-end damage and a broken windshield.

"There were police everywhere, it was a mess," said Christopher Sandoval, who happened to be driving by just moments after the crash. He says it's a dangerous spot.

"I see a lot of people trying to cross; you can see how fast the cars are going."

Randy Tuck works at Kind Therapeutics, a business on the corner where the incident happened and says he sees people jaywalking there often.

"There's a lot of people that do cross over from the sidewalk to the median without going through a pedestrian crossing. It's something that takes place on a regular basis," Tuck said.

Tuck believes a crosswalk would help.

"I think a lot has to do with the fact there's already no access for people to be able to cross the street unless they go to Galley Road or San Miguel."

Police say ultimately, drivers and pedestrians are equally responsible.

"Remember it's what you learned in school, look both ways before crossing the street if you can use the marked crosswalk," said Lt. Scott Schwall with Colorado Springs police.

Another reminder, always slow down and obey the speed limits.

This marks the seventh fatal auto-pedestrian accident in Colorado Springs this year.
   
"Right now, Colorado Springs has suffered 31 fatal accidents this year," Schwall said.


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