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A second person is hit by a car on University Avenue.

The man who was hit was taken to Iowa City, and his condition is getting worse.

It happened Wednesday morning in Waterloo, east of where University Avenue intersects Midway. 

It's a busy intersection with no crosswalk.

People who live in the area say they're concerned about their safety.

Dan Hoir takes the bus at Midway and University to get to physical therapy three to four times a week.

He says he's always cautious of drivers when cross the street.

"Traffic through here flys pretty fast at 45 miles per hour. A lot of them go fast, and sometimes it's hard to get across the street," Hoir said.

There are 18 intersections between Cedar Falls and Waterloo with stop lights, and seven of those do not have crosswalks. That's why people who live the area say they're concerned.

"I don't feel safe at all when you're waiting for the bus, because a car can hit you, and I just don't feel safe, because it's early in the mornings, and the cars are going 45 miles an hour," Mandy Garrigus said.

Several hours after Wednesday morning's accident, Garrigus said she too was almost hit.

"I was afraid. I had to stepped back at least 20 feet away from where I was standing. So, I had to do something to protect myself," Garrigus said.

According to Waterloo Police, Robert Johnson, 33, darted into traffic when he was hit.

He was first taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for his broken bones.

The 21-year-old LaPorte City driver was not cited, and police say they don't believe the driver was at fault.


 

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