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Stamford, CT | Added on July 22, 2014 At 07:05 PM

Yesterday a Stamford woman was struck and killed by an SUV as she was crossing Hoyt Street.  

Christian Garcia says he was nearby when it happened.

"Well my dad actually saw the lady get hit and I just saw the puddle of blood that was there," said Garcia.  

Stamford police say Janice Pielert was walking across Hoyt when she was hit by a Chevrolet Tahoe, attempting to make a left turn.   The driver's been identified as Norwalk resident Natalie Gainer.  

A candle has been placed here in remembrance of Pielert at the intersection. 

Details are still in question tonight as police continue investigating the incident, but Mayor Martin says pedestrian safety is a top priority.  

"My whole point is that I don't want to be reacting to tragedies, I want to plan ahead so the tragedies don't occur in the first place."

The Mayor says the city's looking at ways to make Stamford streets more friendly for pedestrians and bicyclists.  He says the budget's made room for a transportation planner to find long and short term solutions.  

"How do these lights and signals work, and should we have a pedestrian-only time to get across the street?  And is 17 seconds too much or not enough?  How do we enforce red lights?" said Martin.  

Residents say saddened by what happened, they hope for safer streets.  

"Hopefully this is a wake up call.  More cameras, safety.  Turn off your phone driving.  No texting, phone call, make up, eating.  Just don't be distracted on the road.  Save a life," said Stamford resident Orel Change.  

"I would just say don't text and drive and stuff and always have your eyes open for people walking," said Garcia.  

Police haven't determined if the driver will face charges.  


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