JCPD urges people to use crosswalks following pedestrian death on West Market Street


Just days after a pedestrian was hit, and killed on West Market Street, Johnson City Police are reminding people to use a nearby crosswalk.

JCPD officials said on Saturday a man walking across West Market Street was hit near the intersection of Leisure Lane.

That man was identified by police as Gary E. Bailey, 55, of Johnson City.

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News Channel 11’s Kristen Gallant went back to West Market Street Tuesday and spoke to those who live in the area about the dangers of crossing that busy roadway.

In fact, several people who live on Lynn Rd admit to walking across the road without using the sidewalk. 

Nine-year-old Braxton Kiser says he’s crossed the road with his grandparents even though he knows the dangers.

”It’s pretty dangerous because there’s a bunch of cars going by,” said Kiser.

Wayne Hopson says he crosses the road in that area almost every other day. 

He says, “Sometimes it’s very hard to get across the street and back over. Sometimes it takes ten to twelve minutes to get from one side to the other. I make sure it’s clear before I do. Always have. I’ve seen a couple of fender benders down the road up there at the red light but somebody getting hurt or killed or something, this is my first one. I hate it happened for the family, I do.”

JCPD says that accidents like this could have been avoided, urging people to use a crosswalk not far from where this most recent incident happened.

Lt. Scott Carrier says drivers are more aware of people at crosswalks. 

“Vehicle vs. pedestrian-vehicle wins every time. There is a crosswalk that’s available. People just have to take an extra two or three minutes to go use it there at Market and Leisure Ln,” said Carrier.

But Lt. Carrier says, just because you’re in a crosswalk, you still have to be aware. 

“Even crossing in a crosswalk, if you’re a pedestrian, you have to be careful because if you’re going to get struck by a vehicle, you’re going to be the loser,” he says. 

Lt. Carrier says even if the crosswalk sign says, “Walk” it doesn’t mean you’re safe. Look out for vehicles that may run a red light and of course, look both ways. 

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