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Family of pedestrian hit by car speaks on Tuesday’s car accident



A new, upgraded street light has been put in at the intersection of 45th and Leavenworth Streets following two accidents this week in which pedestrians were hit.The family of Rick Gustin, one of the individuals hit by a vehicle, tells KETV he is a “very faithful family member.””He’s a very faithful employee,” Matt Sheppard, the brother-in-law to Gustin, said. “His first concern when we talked to him was to make sure we talked to his boss to make sure it was okay that he was going to miss work today.”Sheppard and his wife were getting ready to leave for the airport Wednesday morning when they heard the news of a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle at the intersection Tuesday night. They immediately called the hospital.”He walks to work every day and we know his safety is a concern,” Sheppard said.Gustin was walking home from work Tuesday evening when he was hit by a vehicle. Police cited the driver with “failure to yield.”Police said drivers didn’t see the pedestrians, as the intersection is poorly lit, something the police notified the city of following the accidents.Gustin’s family says he is expected to recover from his injuries.A city engineer says the city can’t monitor these outages and relies on reports called into OPPD.Report streetlight outages through OPPD.com, the OPPD Connect app, or 1-800-554-OPPD (6773).

A new, upgraded street light has been put in at the intersection of 45th and Leavenworth Streets following two accidents this week in which pedestrians were hit.

The family of Rick Gustin, one of the individuals hit by a vehicle, tells KETV he is a “very faithful family member.”

“He’s a very faithful employee,” Matt Sheppard, the brother-in-law to Gustin, said. “His first concern when we talked to him was to make sure we talked to his boss to make sure it was okay that he was going to miss work today.”

Sheppard and his wife were getting ready to leave for the airport Wednesday morning when they heard the news of a pedestrian being hit by a vehicle at the intersection Tuesday night. They immediately called the hospital.

“He [Rick] walks to work every day and we know his safety is a concern,” Sheppard said.

Gustin was walking home from work Tuesday evening when he was hit by a vehicle. Police cited the driver with “failure to yield.”

Police said drivers didn’t see the pedestrians, as the intersection is poorly lit, something the police notified the city of following the accidents.

Gustin’s family says he is expected to recover from his injuries.

A city engineer says the city can’t monitor these outages and relies on reports called into OPPD.

Report streetlight outages through OPPD.com, the OPPD Connect app, or 1-800-554-OPPD (6773).



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