An accident on the West side that injured two pedestrians crossing Marbach Road near Loop 410 has prompted calls by some people for a crosswalk on the busy street.
A man, believed to be in his 20s, and an elderly woman were crossing from a bus stop to a Whataburger restaurant on the other side of Marbach Road when they were hit, according to witnesses.
Police said the two were not in a crosswalk when they were struck by a van that had just pulled out of a nearby gas station shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday.
“I’m not surprised that it happened because I knew that it would happen,” said Richard Alvarez who has lived in the area for the past two years.
Alvarez said he regularly sees people take on Marbach in the middle because there is no marked crosswalk nearby.
Most often, he said, they area on their way to any of a number of shops, businesses or bus stops on either side of the road.
"I have counted the people and in a minute, there's about seven people or 10 people crossing this street," he said. “They should put a crosswalk somewhere around here because there are a lot of people crossing every single day."
Moments after an ambulance had carried the two injured pedestrians to a hospital, and police had cleared the crash scene, David Alexander stepped off a VIA bus and walked across Marbach Road at the very spot where it all happened.
“Every day on my way to work, the bus drops me over there and I cross over here,” he explained.
Alexander said he and others have no choice but to cross there. The nearest marked intersection is about a tenth of a mile away.
“They get off that bus (across the street), they're trying to get on these buses, so they're running across trying not to miss them,” Alexander said.
He echoed Alvarez’s call for a pedestrian crosswalk.
The two people injured in the crash Tuesday morning were taken to a hospital, but police said they escaped without any life-threatening injuries. Alvarez and Alexander, though, believe it’s only a matter of time before someone is killed there.
A staff member at the office of San Antonio City Councilman Ray Lopez, District 6, said he would check with other city staffers to see what, if anything, is being done about the pedestrian traffic situation in that area.