Pedestrians concerned about safety after man killed by SUV in crosswalk

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. --There is a call for change when it comes to pedestrian safety in Prince George’s County after a 76 year old man was hit and killed by a car on June 24.


Investigators said Gregory Pharr was struck by an SUV in the Upper Marlboro intersection of Watkins Park Drive and Chesterton Drive.


“He was walking a dog across the street and that’s when he got hit, the dog didn’t even know what happened so the dog sat beside him the whole time,” said Devin Lombre, who witnessed the accident.


The intersection connects a neighborhood to a shopping center, people in the area say it is a high-traffic location.


In this case, police said preliminary investigations showed Pharr was walking in the crosswalk when he was hit by the SUV.


However, pedestrians told DCW50, when it comes to pedestrian safety, finding a sidewalk or a crosswalk can be a little more difficult in some other areas of the county.


“You have to walk in the grass, or the median, or on the side, you’ve just got to do something to stay out the car’s way.”


Linda Mease said she has to walk down 202 during rush hour, daily.  She wants to see more sidewalks in the area.


“It is really scary because a lot of the drivers don’t even acknowledge that you are walking next to them, they just speed right pass you and you feel the wind from them, its scary,” Mease said.


According to Prince George’s County Police, pedestrian accidents are down 37 percent in the county compared to 2015, and they would like to see that number continue to improve.


“In pedestrian-heavy areas you have to slow down, you have to allow your self enough breaking room just incase something happens, if you have enough breaking room you have enough time to react,” explained Corporal Lamar Robinson.