CALDWELL -- A Caldwell teen is in the hospital after being hit by a car while walking across 10th Street near Denver Street Wednesday morning.
The 16-year-old girl was hit around 7:30 a.m. while she was walking inside a crosswalk.
Caldwell Police Lt. Devin Riley says the teen goes to school at Canyon Springs High School, just a block away from where she was hit. She was walking towards Paul’s Market.
"She crossed two lanes,” said Riley. “Once she kind of got to the middle turn lane, I don't know if she noticed the car, or thought she could beat the car. She got into that next lane and a southbound car struck her.”
Riley says it was dark and the roads were wet and slippery when the accident happened.
Police have not been able to talk to the teen to find out what she saw. Riley says the driver didn't see the girl who was wearing dark clothing, but there was possibly another contributing factor.
"I think, maybe, part of the problem is that we have too many crosswalks there,” said Riley. “You have a couple that have some signs, and then you have 10th Street that has the lights, but then you have two that are just marked with paint, and there's really not a lot of signs there.”
The paint on the two crosswalks where she crossed is fading. To the south there's another crosswalk at the light. To the north, there's a new crosswalk complete with overhead lights. Ironically, that light is scheduled to be turned on later this week. There were electricians out working on the wiring earlier in the day.
The teen is in stable condition at a local hospital. Riley says she has some broken bones and bruised kidneys. He says she'll have a long recovery, but should survive.
The driver of the car that hit the girl has been charged with inattentive driving and failure to have insurance.
This is the third accident involving a person in this area in the last 10 years.