A man who was hit by a car while trying to cross several lanes of traffic at the start of rush hour Thursday was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The wreck happened just before 5 p.m. near the intersection of New Circle Road and Bryan Avenue.
Police said in the news release that David L. Steinforth Jr. of Lexington was standing on the median of New Circle Road waiting to cross the inner loop just prior to the accident. He was not in a crosswalk.
Steinforth "attempted to cross the road prior to traffic coming to a stop and was struck in the middle of the roadway," the release said.
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He was hit by dark green Chevrolet Metro driven by Cynthia Plante, of Lexington, the release said.
The Metro's windshield was caved in and its roof was dented from the impact.
Witnesses told police traffic was heavy at the time of the wreck. The driver did not see Steinforth behind the other cars until he darted into her path, police Lt. Chris Van Brackel said.
The nearest crosswalk, about 100 feet away, does not have a signal for pedestrians to cross to the side of the road where the man apparently was headed.
Within an hour of the wreck, at least three more pedestrians crossed the busy road outside a crosswalk while a reporter was at the scene.