For the 4th time in 2 months, a pedestrian was struck last week on the Cedar Springs strip

A 72-year-old pedestrian was struck in the crosswalk on Cedar Springs Road at Knight Street at about 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 22. He was taken to Parkland Hospital and released on Christmas Day.

Lyle Bainbridge said he was crossing the street in the crosswalk and vehicles had stopped in both directions, when a motorist sped around the stopped vehicles and hit him.

He said he was thrown and his head landed in the gutter just inches from the car that hit him.

The driver of that vehicle stopped and told Bainbridge that he was delivering pizzas and was on his cell phone talking to the owner of his store. Bainbridge said the man was apologetic and in tears when he got out of his car.

Bainbridge has a broken collar bone. Doctors detected heart defibrillation problems that may have been a result of the accident. He said he had not been diagnosed previously with heart problems.

Bainbridge, who is from California, is in Dallas for the holidays house-sitting for a friend.

This is the fourth time a pedestrian has been hit on Cedar Springs Road in two months and the third time near this same location.

On Nov. 25, Edward Lee King, 61, was struck by a driver and killed crossing Cedar Springs Knight Street. Wayne Priest, 55, was killed by a hit-and-run driver near Cedar Springs and Reagan Street on Nov. 3.

A 10-year-old girl was hit on Dec. 10 near Knight Street. Her injuries were not life-threatening.

After the earlier accidents, Councilwoman Angela Hunt asked city staff to looks at ways to make the area safer for pedestrians.

Bainbridge said he wanted to call awareness to his accident to push the city to take action. He said that there should be stop signs at the intersection if not traffic lights.

“It takes something drastic happening before they’ll do something,” he said.

When he learned about the previous accidents at the intersection, he said he wondered how many more people will be hit before the city makes safety in this area a priority.

It was unclear whether the driver who hit Bainbridge received a citation. Sr. Cpl. Melinda Gutierrez, a spokeswoman for the Dallas Police Department, said an accident report was not yet available.

—  David Taffet

UPDATE: Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run identified

Edward "Joe" King

The man killed in a hit-and-run on Cedar Springs on Friday night, Nov. 25, has been identified as 61-year-old Edward Lee King. Initial reports listed his name as “N. Epsilon,” which is apparently a placeholder name Dallas Police sometimes use when relatives of a victim have not yet been notified of a victim’s death.

Police have still not officially identified the victim, and reports available to the public still use the name “N. Epsilon.” But published a report late Monday night, Nov. 28, saying that friends and relatives have said the man killed Friday night was Edward King, known to family and friends as “Joe.” The report also indicated that King worked parttime at Amico’s Pizza, located on Cedar Springs near the site of the accident.

The CBS report also includes video footage of King, footage from which the still shot at left was taken.

Police have video taken from cameras at a nearby business, but the footage is dark and grainy, almost to the point of being indistinguishable. However, LGBT Liaison Officer Laura Martin said investigators do have “good information” from witnesses that should help in identifying the driver who struck King.

Anyone who has information about this incident — or about a separate hit-and-run that happened three weeks before just blocks away at Cedar Springs and Reagan in which 55-year-old Wayne Priest was killed — is asked to contact detectives at 214-670-5817.

—  admin

UPDATE: DPD releases photos of suspect vehicle in latest hit-and-run fatality

Dallas Police this afternoon released photos, above, of the vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run at about 10:30 p.m. Friday night, Nov. 25, on Cedar Springs.

The statement released this afternoon said that the victim was in the crosswalk in the intersection of Cedar Springs Avenue and Knight Street when the accident occurred. The man was taken by ambulance to Parkland Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:53 p.m. LGBT Liaison Officer Laura Martin said there are two crosswalks at the Knight/Cedar Springs, one is marked and one is not. She said the victim was in the unmarked crosswalk.

Photos of the suspect vehicle, taken from a camera at a nearby business, are dark, low-resolution, grainy images. But police said witnesses described the vehicle as dark colored, possibly a Land Rover or Range Rover SUV, with wraparound tail lights. After striking the victim, the car, which was in the southbound lane, sped away and turned left, or east, on Throckmorton Street.

Although the victim’s last name was included in police reports available to the public, in the statement released this afternoon officials said the man is not being identified because relatives have not yet been notified of his death.

Police ask that anyone with any information about the incident or the whereabouts of the vehicle in the photos contact detectives in the vehicles crimes department at 214-670-5817.

This was the 78th traffic fatality investigated by the Dallas Police Department this year, according to the statement. It is the second hit-and-run fatality on Cedar Springs this month. In the first, Wayne Priest, 55, was crossing Cedar Springs at Reagan on Nov. 3, when he was hit by a driver who then drove away. Priest was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital where he died later that same night.

The suspect vehicle in that incident was a maroon, four-door vehicle. Police have no suspects in that incident.

—  admin

Another pedestrian killed on Cedar Springs

A 50-year-old man identified in police reports as “N. Epsilon” was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Cedar Springs around 10:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25. He is the second pedestrian to be killed in a hit-and-run accident on Cedar Springs this month.

Officer Laura Martin, LGBT liaison for the Dallas Police Department, said Epsilon was crossing Cedar Springs at the Knight Street intersection. She noted that the Knight Street intersection is offset, and that there is a marked crosswalk where Knight meets the southbound lane of Cedar Springs, but not one where Knight meets the northbound lane of Cedar Springs. Epsilon, Martin said, was crossing in the area where there is no marked crosswalk. (Martin said that original police reports that said Epsilon was crossing at the marked crosswalk were wrong and are being corrected.”

Epsilon was crossing from the west side of Cedar Springs to the east side when he was hit. He was taken by ambulance to Parkland Memorial Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead at 10:53 p.m.

Martin said Monday morning, Nov. 27, that police have gotten statements from witnesses who saw the accident, and that they have video of the accident obtained from a nearby business. She said police will be releasing that video to the press later today to ask for the public’s help in identifying the driver who struck and killed Epsilon.

Watch for updates and video when police release that information.

—  admin