A pedestrian struck by a car as he tried to cross Lafayette Street along Paulding Road was in critical condition Wednesday morning, according to Fort Wayne police.
Officers were called to the scene at 10:25 a.m. and found the man in the middle of the intersection, lying in the southbound lanes of the four-lane Lafayette Street.
Police are investigating what happened, but a preliminary investigation shows that the man was trying to cross Lafayette from the east side of the street.
Witnesses told police he had the light and walk sign when he began to cross, but by the time he came to the median in the middle of Lafayette the light changed.
An oncoming silver car driven by a female driver traveling south on Lafayette had the green light, and it’s likely she did not see the man as he stepped in front of her, a police spokesman at the scene said.
The woman, who has not been identified and who was driving in the far southbound lane, stopped immediately, police said.
Though police said drugs and alcohol are likely not involved in the accident, customary toxicology tests were being performed.
The man was taken to a hospital in “extremely” critical condition, a police spokesman said.
The southbound lanes of Lafayette were closed from Pettit Avenue to one block north of the crash, where Southgate Plaza is located. Police also closed access to Paulding from Calhoun Street.