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Safer roads for pedestrians in Albany

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Just last week, two people were struck on Central Avenue in Albany, one of them dying from their injuries. Karen Tararache looks at how drivers and pedestrians can avoid tragedy on this busy road.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- "Anytime you put pedestrians and multi thousand pound vehicles out in the same arena together, it's always a dangerous situation," said Albany Police Department Chief Steve Krokoff.

So dangerous that in a 24 hour period last week, two people were hit by cars in separate instances on Central Avenue.

Katherine Parker, 28, was struck on Thursday as she tried to cross King Avenue on Central. She later died as a result of her injuries.

Chief Krokoff said, "Let me offer my condolences to Ms. Parker’s family and friends. This is a very tough situation and it claims many victims."

Another victim was hit by a driver with a suspended license the next day. That accident happened just a block and half away at Central and Watervliet avenues. He broke some bones, but did survive.

"This street has a long history of, you know, bad behavior. People are just too wound up in themselves," said William Miles, an Albany resident.

The Albany Police Department has a plan they hope will improve the safety of people on all streets in the city.

"We're going to be looking to bring in various stakeholders from law enforcement, different city agencies, to take a look at how we can really improve the safety for everybody," Chief Krokoff added.

Rules exist on the road to keep drivers safe but what happens when tragedies occur? How can pedestrians prevent them from happening?

Chief Krokoff said to "Be as visible as possible. You need to put on bright colors, reflective clothing, they sell at the sporting goods stores reflective gear if you're someone who's out often at night." ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP