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Recent pedestrian crashes offer reminder to stay alert in the street

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- In a city with a large number of pedestrians killed each year, Daylight Saving Time has not helped. 

On Monday night, LMPD says an 11-year-old boy was hit by three cars and seriously hurt after darting into traffic near Taylor Boulevard and Bicknell Avenue. 

Police say they need help tracking down the driver of a yellow Volkswagen Beetle who took off from the scene.

Minutes after that accident, a 15-year-old boy was hit near 23rd and Broadway after getting off of a TARC bus. He is in critical condition, but the driver is not expected to face charges in that case.

While the circumstances are not clear in Monday night's accidents, it is a reminder to be alert and to teach your kids to be, too.  

"They need to have reflective clothing on, which is difficult, because most coats that you buy are dark colored, and you can't see them," said Sharon Rengers, a nurse manager with Norton Healthcare. "So they really need to get some reflective tape, which you can get at the hardware store, Target, something like that."

Rengers, with Norton Children's Prevention and Wellness, has studied some of the busiest crosswalks in Louisville. She says technology is one of the biggest problems.

"Distraction is a huge problem with telephones and earbuds and all those kinds of things," Rengers said.

She wants to remind people to use crosswalks.

"It's really, really difficult for a car to see a pedestrian when they have dark clothes on, and they're darting into the street. It's darker, it's colder, people are just trying to get where they want to go, and they're not thinking about the cars that are coming after them." 

Rengers says teens are the most vulnerable, when you add in distractions.

"Teens, overall nationally ... are getting hit by cars more than little children are. That's what most people think, little kids run out in the streets after their toys, it's really not. It's older kids between 10 and 19."

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