Woman taken to hospital after being hit by car
CHAMPAIGN — A rural Champaign woman was taken to Carle Hospital after she was hit by a car while crossing a street Tuesday night.
Champaign police Deputy Chief Jon Swenson said Catherine Luhrsen, 51, was crossing Prospect Avenue to the west at the intersection with Church Street just before 5 p.m. when she was hit by a car turning left from Church onto Prospect.
Swenson said the driver of the car, Peter Lessaris, 83, of the 900 block of West White Street, Champaign, told police he did not see a person in the crosswalk nor did he see the pedestrian signal illuminated.
It was raining and dark at the time of the accident and Luhrsen was dressed in black, Swenson said.
Swenson said the only way the pedestrian signal gets illuminated at that intersection is if the pedestrian pushes the button at the crosswalk. Luhrsen told police she had done that.
Swenson said a motorist behind Lessaris on Church also said he did not see the pedestrian signal lit up.
Police did not issue any tickets. The accident remains under investigation.
Swenson said Luhrsen was conscious and alert and he didn't think her injuries were very serious. Her condition was not immediately available.