Police: Drunk Driver Hits Two Pedestrians; Victims Ticketed For Jaywalking

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(Memphis) - Stepping off the curb to cross Poplar Avenue almost cost two women their lives. Memphis police say they were hit by a drunk driver.

That driver, according to a police report, is 31-year-old Arianna Price.

Officers say she was headed home around 3:00a.m.

Saturday morning when she hit the two women.

They say she smelled like alcohol and her speech was slurred.

“She should be ashamed of that,” said Devaun Reed. “I do think it will be a lesson learned.”

Officers were in the area when it happened and saw one victim cartwheeling through the air.

The other landed on the top of Price's car and appeared to have a broken leg and arm.

Both were taken to the hospital.

There was a crosswalk just a couple hundred feet from where the women were hit.

The police report says they failed to use it. In that case, police had to ticket both victims for jaywalking despite just being hit by a drunk driver.

“You still have to feel sorry for the women that got hit, but crosswalks are there for a reason,” said Reed.

He believes people may not always be safer in a crosswalk, but it should at least help.                      

“This intersection is just so dangerous,” he said, pointing to the intersection of Humes and Poplar. “You know, there are a lot of cars coming up from there and you can't really see what's going on. So if you're walking in the crosswalk, you may have to pay attention to what's going on even if you had the right of way,” he added.

Reed believes this accident can be a lesson for everybody: not to drink and drive and, when available, use a crosswalk.

“That's why they're there. They're for your safety,” said Reed. “If you don't want to use a cross walk, find a car or some other means and don't do it illegally because there are rules for a reason.”

Price was given a blood test on scene. She was charged with Driving Under the Influence, Vehicular Assault, Reckless Driving, Public Intoxication, and No Insurance.

Price is out of jail, but did not want to talk with News Channel 3 Saturday.

She will be in court on Monday.