Low lighting, dark clothes factor into pedestrian injury

ROCHESTER, N.H. (NEWS CENTER) -- Dark clothes and dim lighting were a dangerous combination for a Mainer in Rochester, N.H. who was trying to navigate a crosswalk.

Police said 65-year-old . Heath was lying in the road when emergency crews arrived and they sent him to Frisbie Memorial Hospital for further treatment of his injuries.

Police identified the 88-year-old John Loder of Moultonboro, N.H. as the driver of the car that hit Heath. Loder was not hurt.

The sun had set when the crash occurred around 5 p.m. on Thursday, and police said visibility was an issue. They noted that Heath was wearing dark clothing making him difficult to see in the darkness. Loder's vision was further hindered by scant ambient lighting and oncoming headlights shining into his eyes.

Police said pedestrians should remember to wear light-colored and reflective clothes when walking in the dark.

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