CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are investigating after officers say a pregnant woman pushing a stroller was struck by a vehicle Wednesday afternoon.
According to CMPD, the accident took place near South Tryon Street and Pressley Road.
"It was scary, it was a little traumatizing," said Barbara Harvey.
Harvey and her grandson watched the crash happened. She says the pregnant woman was pushing a stroller and stepped into the street to go around an SUV that was leaving Wendy's drive-thru. However, Harvey says the driver didn't see the woman and hit her.
"She was like oh my God my baby my baby," Harvey recalled
The woman and her child were transported to a hospital by MEDIC for minor injuries, however not every pedestrian hit by a car are as lucky as the woman.
"Having to do a death notification is one of the hardest things an officer will have to do," said Sgt. Jesse Woods from the CMPD's Major Crash Unit.
Sgt. Woods says he and officers in his unit have made those notifications all too often. In 2016, CMPD investigated 72 fatal crashes, responsible for 77 deaths. Nineteen of those killed were pedestrians.
So far in 2017, 30 people have died in 30 wrecks. Nine of those killed were pedestrians.
"It's troubling to be at one but to have nine pedestrians that have died so far this year, and 30 fatalities, all the fatalities are tragic events," he said.
Woods says it is more tragic that many could be prevented. His team were out in uptown Wednesday afternoon for Operation Watch for Me, an effort to educate pedestrians on the dangers of the road.
"I don't want you to get hit by a car, that's the last thing I want," Officer Ted Crowley told a pedestrian he stopped for jaywalking.
"The main goal is to not have anyone hurt while crossing the street," Crowley said.
However, many continued to avoid the crosswalks and cross in the middle of the street, dodging oncoming traffic, even with several officers standing by.
"I'm not going to give you a ticket today, but here's some information about where you should be crossing the streets," Officer Crowley told one of the numerous pedestrians he stopped.
"We are trying to bring these numbers down any means we can," said Woods.
He says he hopes give a warning would keep his officers from running into these pedestrians on a crash scene.
"A lot of times it is the pedestrian that put themselves in harms way," he said. "If you step out in front of a car going 35, 40 mph it takes time for that car to stop," Woods declared.
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