Pedestrians being hit at alarming rate in recent weeks

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Pedestrians say Memphis is quickly becoming one of the most dangerous cities to go out walking, and they're not talking about crime.

Last year, more than 360 pedestrians were hit by cars in sometimes deadly accidents.

“It’s a great big problem,” said driver Yvette Wren.

Wednesday night a person was hit and killed while crossing I-40 near the Midtown Junction, backing up traffic into Arkansas.

On Sunday, a man in a wheelchair was hit and killed on E. H. Crump at Mason.

Saturday, a one-year-old suffered serious injuries in a hit-and-run and on Friday, a woman was killed on I-40 in Cordova.

Last week, a person was hit by a car at Lamar Avenue and Airways.

“I think that drivers need to become more aware of their surroundings. It’s like they said the pedestrian has the right of way,” said Travis Daniel.

Daniel said he's had several close calls both as a driver and as a pedestrian.

“I’ve almost hit someone because I didn’t see them and as a pedestrian I’ve almost been hit a couple times also,” he said.

“I had a neighbor — I’m sorry neighbor — but she looked down and had an accident, so we have to be really careful,” said Wren.

While some point to distracted driving, others said the blame sometimes lies with the way the roads are designed, like the bike lanes recently installed on E. H. Crump.

“People are not used to driving those kind of thoroughfares and they don’t drive well with them,” said Jai Boyd.

WREG requested an interview with someone from the city of Memphis, but was declined.

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