Pedestrian Injuries at Dangerous Intersection

A Chinese exchange student at the University of Cincinnati is among the latest people injured at the busy intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Clifton Avenue.

A Chinese exchange student at the University of Cincinnati is among the latest people injured at the busy intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Clifton Avenue. The student was hit by a truck on Feb. 28 as he, three fellow international students and an ELS Language Centers employee stood on the corner. Police told 9 News that a man lost control of his pickup truck, veering off the road and hitting exchange student. His vehicle then struck a pole, which hit the ELS employee in the head and left him in critical condition. FOX 19 reported that both men were taken to the UC hospital, where the student was in stable condition as of the following day. Two other international students were treated at the scene for minor injuries, according to 9 News.The driver had been wearing a seatbelt and was not injured in the crash, FOX 19 reported. Police do not believe alcohol or speed contributed to the accident, though the language barrier is making their investigation more difficult. But UC students and staff told 9 News the intersection is known to be dangerous. A man who works at the campus ministry organization Edge House, said he has seen several accidents there in the past few weeks. "I'm often trying to position myself around one of those poles just in case somebody comes whipping around trying to beat the light," he told 9 News. A fellow student agreed, telling 9 News, "This intersection is very busy and you have to look both ways. You have to make sure that the drivers are being as cautious as well." A member of the CUF community council said area councils have met with city officials to discuss making the intersection more pedestrian-friendly. She told 9 News that Cincinnati's traffic and engineering department plans to redesign the traffic islands and widen the right turn lane from MLK to Clifton. Driver error is the top cause of auto accidents in Ohio, and if you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident like this, personal injury attorney Barry Rothchild can help you get the settlement you deserve from your insurance company. "I want you to get the medical care and treatment that you need to get better and to keep me informed of what you're doing," Rothchild said. "Your [job] is to get treatment and get better, mine is to do everything else." 

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