Injured pedestrian cited after crossing street in front of car


WALLA WALLA — A 73-year-old pedestrian was cited after a motorist struck her Monday morning while she was attempting to cross a street in the middle of the block, Walla Walla police said.

Olga Guaranzway stepped out in front of traffic mid-block of North Fifth Avenue near Main Street, according to police, and was struck by an 85-year-old woman driving a 2007 Chevrolet Malibu.

The driver, Mary Fenno, said she was slowing for a red light but was unable to completely stop when Guaranzway attempted to cross in front of her.

According to the police report, Guaranzway suffered cuts, scrapes, bumps and bruises. She was transported to a hospital for treatment.

Police said she was issued a citation via mail for failing to yield to vehicle traffic.

The incident follows two injury car-pedestrian collisions last week — one in which a German tourist was killed. Police spokesman those two crashes remain under investigation.

Last week’s incidents and other recent traffic injuries prompted a crackdown that police announced Friday on motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians who fail to obey rules of the road.

Luke Hegdal can be reached at or 526-8326.


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