Woman Hit In Crosswalk

An elderly woman is hit today by a motorist at a crosswalk known for its' share of close calls and incidents.

17–year–old Cameron Matson of Grand Junction was driving north on 12th Street at about 30 miles an hour as he drove past Mesa tate College. That's when he hit the woman as she crossed the street in a marked crosswalk. The woman vaulted onto the hood and shattered the windshield of the Volkswagen Beetle.

Police spokesperson Linda Bowman says Matson told investigators his windshield wipers were not working at the time, and he didi not see the woman in the crosswalk. It was raining heavily at the time.

The unidentified woman suffered from a broken leg and head injuries.
Bowman says Matsen will face charges of driving a vehicle with an equipment violation and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

The crosswalk has become well-known as a place where close calls and other pedestrian-car collisions have happened because of heavy foot traffic going to and from the Mesa State College campus.