UI administrator hit while crossing street on campus

UI administrator hit while crossing street on campus

CHAMPAIGN — A University of Illinois administrator remained hospitalized Wednesday after being hit by a car on campus Monday afternoon.

Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb said Bill Adams, 70, of Urbana, a special assistant to UI President Robert Easter, was crossing Sixth Street at John Street just before 4 p.m. when he was hit.

Cobb said Adams was in the crosswalk on Sixth when a car turned off John to go south on Sixth and collided with Adams, who was in the middle of the crosswalk.

Cobb said the impact of the collision tossed Adams about 20 feet into the air. He was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, where his condition was upgraded to good on Wednesday.

Cobb said the driver of the Toyota Camry, Seon Kim, 41, of the 400 block of East Michigan Avenue, Urbana, was ticketed for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

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pattsi wrote on May 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm

There is no question that this is one of the most poorly designed intersection. None other along 6th has this design therefore there is no design rhythm to get used to. In fact the folks from PACE have criticized the design. Further, the suggestions proposed by PACE were basically ignored. I am surprised that more folks have not been injured or motorized accidents occurred at this intersection.

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on May 16, 2013 at 3:05 am
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Oh, I don't know... I mean, the light is pretty much red all the time, The "walk" sign is on, pretty much all the time.


I think it's an excellent intersection. planning-wise. It says "we don't want cars here" loud and clear.

jdmac44 wrote on May 16, 2013 at 8:05 am

So it's the designer's fault that the driver disobeyed the traffic signal and that the man was in a crosswalk, protected by law.  I see.

I agree about the campus being designed to dissuade drivers from traveling around campus and I don't like it, but I don't see what that has to do with some driver not knowing what they're doing.

pattsi wrote on May 20, 2013 at 6:05 pm

We do know that behavior can be affected by design. The design at this intersection is confusing. Traffic design goal is that all cuing for driver is quick, easy to understand,  printed in large letters, etc. I agree even the best of best design does not negate stupidity. I have stood at this intersection and noted bad behavior, in other words ignoring the signalization by both pedestrians and drivers. Though I have not then questioned the individual as to why the signalization was ignored--someone not familiar with the corner, "what the heck no one is here, I will just cross the street or turn the corner," etc. But the major issue with campus town design is lack of consistency as to what happens or can happen at an intersection and appropriate cuing.