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String of Pedestrian Accidents in Ocean City

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- In the past week, three pedestrians have been struck by vehicles on Baltimore Avenue in Ocean City.

The latest victim, 6-year-old Jalyn Shaw, was hit Saturday while crossing in the crosswalk at 19th Street. She was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where she underwent surgery for the injuries she sustained in the crash. Now friends of her family want to see a change on the road.

"People need to slow down. If people are in the crosswalks, stop, the pedestrian has the right of way," Debbie Behymer said.

The intersection where Jalyn was hit will never be the same again for Milton Skopinski.

"We just heard the scream and everybody ran to the side of the deck and watched and helped, did what we could," he said.

Milton's wife, Kathy said something needs to be done.

"We need lights or something out here to control the speed that's going on out here so this doesn't happen," she said.

Jalyn was crossing in the marked crosswalk but Beth Quinn said not everyone uses crosswalks like they should. She said she has had close calls with some pedestrians taking major safety risks.

"I wasn't even drinking and I wasn't even doing the speed limit. I do under the speed limit a little bit because everyone runs out into the road, because they decide they want to dart through and don't want to wait for anything," Quinn said.

The Skopinski's said everyone needs to be more aware when they're out on the roads.

"You can't have people walking off the beach, coming down walking in the crosswalk where they belong and just having someone race down the road and run them over," Kathy Skopinski said.

"Unfortunately, I hate to say it, but most people down here this time of year don't come with common sense, they come to have good time," Milton Skopinski said.

In 2012 there were 44 pedestrian accidents, including two fatalities in Ocean City. The resort town is taking big steps to increase pedestrian safety, however. Police are issuing citations to drivers and pedestrians, and no crossing signs are being installed to direct people to use marked crosswalks.

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