More issues at Pekin intersection one day after student was hit

By WEEK Producer

April 30, 2014 Updated Apr 30, 2014 at 9:59 PM CDT

PEKIN, Ill. -- There were more problems at a Pekin intersection on Wednesday one day after a high school student was hit by a car.

Police say the 15-year-old girl was walking across Parkway Drive in Pekin when Mary Andrews ran a red light and hit the teen. Witnesses told police she was thrown 6 feet in the air.

The teen taken to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria with head injures. She was released on Wednesday.

Andrews was cited for disobeying a traffic light.

But drivers running the red light at this crosswalk isn't anything new.

News 25’s Katherine Tellez was out at the crosswalk for less than an hour on Wednesday and in that short time she saw two vehicles run the red light. You could tell many other drivers weren't quite sure how it worked.

The crosswalk has four stages. When the crossing button is hit, the light flashes yellow then turns solid yellow. Drivers should treat those like they would any yellow traffic signal.

When the light turns solid red, drivers must stop. When it's flashing red, drivers must treat it like a stop sign only going when they are sure no one is crossing.

Police say it is important for drivers and pedestrians to be aware of their surroundings.

“Once that signal is indicating she can cross, she has the right-of-way to be in the road and motorists must stop. But we want to remind citizens, a signal is only a light. And as long as they are careful when they're crossing, they need to be vigilant as well. They need to look for cars that may ignore that warning,” said Pekin Police Officer Mike Eeten.

As for the driver who ran the red light on Wednesday, he received a $120 ticket.

Pekin police say they have issued more than 1,200 tickets for crosswalk violations and speeding since the light was installed in 2011.