An Aspen woman sustained serious injuries after she was struck by a car while attempting to walk across Main Street from Sixth Street on Tuesday evening, according to the Colorado State Patrol.
Donna Rowlands, 69, was hit by Norman Barnhart, 64, of Aspen after she stepped off the sidewalk and attempted to walk from the north side of the street to the south side, said CSP Sgt. Dave Evridge.
Rowlands was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital where she was listed in stable condition.
Barnhart, who was westbound on Main Street, struck Rowlands with his 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee at approximately 20 mph, Evridge said. Sixth Street is the last cross street on Main before traffic enters the S-curves.
Neither Rowlands or Barnhart were cited in the accident; Evridge said the CSP was turning the case over to the district attorney’s office for further investigation.
Evridge said glare from the sun did play a role in the accident, which happened at 7:12 p.m. Rowlands was crossing Main Street where there was no crosswalk. Evridge said pedestrians must yield to vehicles when they are not in a crosswalk, and vehicles must yield to pedestrians when they are in a crosswalk.
City officials for years have been discussing ways to improve safety along Main Street, particularly for pedestrians, but no substantive changes have been made.