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Athens cop hits woman in crosswalk with patrol car, deputy chief says

An Athens-Clarke County police officer hit a pedestrian in a crosswalk Friday morning, authorities said.

The officer was in his marked patrol vehicle on his way to work when he hit a 54-year-old woman at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and North Avenue just after 6:30 a.m., Interim Deputy Chief Jeff Clark told AJC.com.

“Anytime a vehicle strikes a pedestrian in a crosswalk, that vehicle is going to be at fault,” Clark said.

He said the crosswalk isn’t marked, meaning there isn’t a signal dedicated to whether pedestrians can cross or must yield to vehicles.

“The officer was turning left with a green light but not with a green left turn signal, which means you must yield to the pedestrian,” Clark said.

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The officer stopped and provided treatment to the woman, who is an Athens resident. She was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Clark said the incident was an accident, and the Georgia State Patrol was called in to investigate.

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