Subject: Near Fatal Car vs. Pedestrian Accident
At approximately 1:46AM this morning, a pedestrian crossing the roadway on
Washington Av at the intersection with Taylor Av was struck by a pickup truck. The
pedestrian has been identified as Chevetta M Knighten (32 years old) of Racine.
According to investigators and witnesses, the operator of an eastbound GMC S10 pickup
truck was in the right hand lane when he observed the vehicle in the center lane slightly ahead of him, slow down. The operator of the GMC has been identified as Clayton R Fliess (25 years old) of Racine.
Fliess presumed that the other vehicle to his left was slowing to turn into the apartment building parking lot driveway access located right at the intersection. He believed this was the case because both he and the other eastbound vehicle had the right of way due to the green light at the intersection.
As Fliess approached parallel to the stopped vehicle to his left, Knighten appeared in front of his vehicle, but he was unable to stop before striking her. As a result of the impact, Knighten was thrown onto the hood of the pickup truck and then rolled off to the ground at the drivers’ side.
She was transported to Wheaton Fransiscan St Mary’s for initial treatment and then to
Froedert Hospital by ambulance. At this time, Knighten is suffering from internal
injuries as well as a possible broken pelvis.
It was apparent from the investigation that Knighten had entered the roadway in the
crosswalk against the “Don’t Walk” signal of the traffic light. The investigation is
continuing and no citations have been issued to Fliess or Knighten at this time.
April 12, 2008
Woman hit by car at Washington and Taylor avenues
There was a serious accident at Taylor and Washington avenues this morning. Here's the police report: