JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Highway Patrol says Duval County saw 446 pedestrian involved crashes in 2013. Dozens of those were pedestrian fatalities.
Thursday morning drivers were detoured after an elderly woman was hit. Francis Wolosco was walking near the accident.
"I heard it happen, I was right there and heard it happen and I was just like wow," said Wolosco.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Melissa Bujeda says the combination of a number of people crossing the street illegally and cars running lights is alarming.
"There's more traffic fatalities than there are homicides in Jacksonville so you know just like everybody gets upset about murders and homicides, with traffic fatalities, a life is lost," said Bujeda.
Pedestrian Mark Whitley says the roads wouldn't be so deadly if everyone would simply pay attention.
"People need to look out for pedestrians as they're crossing. When that light changes, they need to stop. Don't try to beat it," says Whitley.
FHP says there have been six pedestrian involved incidents at or near Blanding and 103rd Street. JSO says it is focusing on drivers and trying a different approach.
"We're going to be focusing on pedestrians and we're gong to be writing pedestrian citations to those pedestrians as well as trying to educate them because that's the only way we're going to save lives," said Bujeda.
In late 2013 JSO launched Alert Today -- Alive Tomorrow for driver awareness after a spike in pedestrian fatalities. JSO officials say they're hoping that ticketing pedestrians as well as drivers will cut down on the number of pedestrian-involved crashes.