ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) – Less than a week after a pedestrian was hit near the Tidewater Condos, Orange Beach Police said Kathy Jones was hit and killed just west of Live Bait.
“Ms. Jones had recently been in the hospital for a blood clot in her leg. It’s possible that she was not moving as quickly across the road as one might that had not encountered that situation. That’s information that we’d gotten from the family,” Lt. Steve Brown said.
Police said the 49-year-old Mississippi native was struck by a taxi while crossing the road. And while police said alcohol was not a factor for the driver, Jones was wearing dark clothing and police said lighting may have played a role in the incident.
“She was crossing the road in an area between Romar Beach and the west jurisdiction where the lighting is not as great than closer into town. It’s a more dimly lit area,” Brown said.
Perdido Beach Boulevard has seven crosswalks and all three accidents this year have happened away from them. City officials told Fox10 News that adding more is not currently on the agenda.
“The only time the council will really look at that more than likely, is when you have a high density area on both sides of the road. Example being a shopping complex on the north side, compared to multiple high density areas on the south side,” Ken Grimes, city administrator for Orange Beach, said.
Grimes added that without points of high foot traffic, at a cost of about $1.5 to $2 million, building a pedestrian walkover is cost prohibitive.
Police said the investigation is ongoing, but at this point there are no charges being brought against the driver of the taxi. They urge pedestrians to use crosswalks when possible and for both pedestrians and drivers alike to be highly aware of their surroundings.