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Police: Walker died crossing traffic lanes

NORCROSS - Police on Wednesday identified a pedestrian they say was killed trying to cross five lanes of heavy traffic on Jimmy Carter Boulevard.

Yanet Ramon-Molina, 23, of Norcross, was struck by a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt between Forest Vale Drive and Shelby Drive about 5 p.m. Tuesday. She died at the scene, police said.

The driver was westbound on Jimmy Carter Boulevard when Ramon-Molina stepped into the vehicle's path. She was not using a crosswalk, said Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman.

"It does not appear alcohol or speed contributed to this collision," though an investigation is ongoing, Spellman said.

The driver, who was not injured, will not face criminal charges, she said.

Jimmy Carter Boulevard and surrounding corridors have earned the reputation in recent years as hotbeds for vehicle-versus-pedestrian collisions.

Last year, Gwinnett police issued 81 warnings and citations to pedestrian-law violators and speeders during one morning at the boulevard's intersection with South Norcross-Tucker Road. It had been singled out as among the more risky intersections in Gwinnett.

In metro Atlanta, four pedestrians are hit by vehicles per day and 80 are killed per year, according the Atlanta Regional Commission.

Georgia law mandates that drivers must stop for pedestrians before turning left or right at traffic lights.

Police have hinted that installing more traffic islands in pedestrian-heavy corridors could help remedy accidents. The islands would link more crosswalks from one side of roadways to the other.