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Elderly woman hit by car, remains in critical condition

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By: Cole Miller
cmiller@klkntv.com

An elderly woman is fighting for her life after being hit by a car in downtown Lincoln.

Police cars blocked off 'N' street from 10th to 9th street Thursday morning. It was a foggy drive to work for many, including the driver of a green Saturn. She was turning onto 'N' street, but the crosswalk wasn't clear.

"She did not see the 81–year–old woman that happened to be crossing the street," Lincoln Police Officer Katie Flood said.

Lincoln police say that 81–year–old suffered critical injuries and was rushed to the hospital.

"The most serious injury is to the head but I imagine she has injuries throughout her body because she was thrown onto the vehicle," Flood said.

A frequent walker of downtown Lincoln, Laurie Martinez says one way streets, like 10th and 'N', can be distracting to drivers.

"They're only looking the direction of the cars so they can turn and they're not looking to see if someone could be walking on my left side or my right side," Martinez said.

While an accident reconstruction team begins putting together the pieces, Martinez says everyone behind the wheel needs to be more aware.

"As a university town, there are a lot of people on bikes, running and walking in all kinds of weather."

At this time, no citations have been issued as the accident is still under investigation. Police say the thick fog may have played a role.

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