74-year-old dies after being struck by car in East Price Hill

74-year-old dies after being struck by car in East Price Hill

EAST PRICE HILL, OH (FOX19) - A 74-year-old man, crossing the street with his walker, has died after being by a car in an East Price Hill intersection Friday morning.

Friends say Ron Watring was making the same walk to White Castle to get his morning coffee.

"They took him maybe a half a block down the street here on top of the hood," said Nick Cannon, a friend of Watring.

"I was coming by this morning and when I saw him out on the street, it made me sick because once I saw the walker and I don't see how people can't see somebody on a crosswalk with a walker," said James Auwbrey, a friend of Watring.

James Jackson, 42, was driving a 2001 Chevy Impala northbound on Woodlawn Avenue when he turned westbound on to Warsaw and struck Watring, who was crossing in the marked cross walk, according to a police report.

Emergency personnel rushed Watring to the hospital. Residents in the area say these accidents involving pedestrians are happening way too often.

Watring was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with life threatening injuries. His family told FOX19 NOW that he passed away Saturday.

"Just in the last 24-hours two accidents have happened with pedestrians and they also was handicapped pedestrians," Cannon said.

"My little sister was hit by a car on Grand Avenue in '89, and now she's mentally handicapped and retarded from the accident. We don't want that to happen," said Angela Offill, a friend of Watring.

Police say it doesn't appear drugs or alcohol are a factor in the crash, but locals say the city needs to take action because these crosswalks aren't safe.

"Could put a couple more stop signs, maybe a stop sign up at that corner just to slow people down because they do fly, especially in the morning time, everybody is in a hurry to get to work," Auwbrey said.

Friends call Watring "Mr. Ron" and say he made White Castle the first part of his day.

"I was kind of sad because he normally would come in here get his breakfast and a small coffee every day," said Stephen Solomon, White Castle manager.

"At least every time I've seen him come up here, when I see him get close to the door I run over and open the door for him. He gets his morning coffee and he jumps in and sits down at the booth," Auwbrey said.

Now a smooth recovery for this 74-year-old is on the minds of many in East Price Hill.

"Mr. Ron I'm hoping is okay," Cannon said.

"I hope Ron, I hope you get better and we miss you man," Auwbrey said.

This is an ongoing investigation, and charges against Jackson are pending.

Cincinnati Police's Traffic Unit are continue the investigation and any witnesses to this crash are asked to contact the Cincinnati Police Department's Traffic Unit at 513-352-2514.

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