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Pedestrian struck by car near Phoebe

Police and EMT's work the wreck site at Jefferson Street and 3rd Avenue.

Police and EMT's work the wreck site at Jefferson Street and 3rd Avenue.

ALBANY, Ga. — A pedestrian was injured after being struck in front of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Tuesday morning.

Police say Paula Hatcher, 47, was walking across Jefferson Street outside of the crosswalk when she was struck by Teresa Chambers, 37, who was driving a 2004 Red Ford Escape.

Charges won't be filed against Chambers given that Hatcher crossed the street outside of the crosswalk, an APD spokesperson said.

Hatcher, a Phoebe employee, is one of hundreds of employees, students and patients who walk across the street at that intersection each week.

The intersection connects Phoebe's main campus to Healthworks — Phoebe's private gym for employees and their families — a Phoebe office building and the Phoebe Education Center.

Hoping to improve pedestrian safety at that location, city of Albany officials say that Phoebe has lobbied the state of Georgia to put traffic control devices in place.

"Because it's a state road — Highway 91 — any changes on the road have to be approved by the Georgia Department of Transportation," City Engineer Bruce Maples said. "From what I understand, they (Phoebe) have been in contact with them about putting a light or some kind of traffic device, and GDOT decided to try those lit signs to see if that would help."

Phoebe officials couldn't confirm Tuesday that the hospital had sought improved safety measures at the intersection, nor could they provide any additional details about Hatcher, her role at Phoebe or whether she was on the clock at the time of the accident.