A driver has been charged with a woman’s death after he hit her at a south Charlotte intersection.
The accident happened at North Sharon Amity Road and Addison Drive Wednesday morning. Crosswalks are clearly marked at the intersection, which has driver John Long trying to understand how someone hit and killed a woman there.
“I don’t understand why anybody that’s going left would not see somebody,” he said.
But the van had just turned left when it hit Marianne Oberg.
Police found her lying in the crosswalk.
Oberg’s husband said they left their home down the street from the intersection for a daily walk together.
When they got to the intersection, Robert Oberg said they checked before crossing to make sure the lights on Sharon Amity Road were red.
What they did not see was the van coming through the green light on Addison, heading right toward them.
State law says any pedestrian in a crosswalk is protected, and on Thursday charged the driver of the van, Kelvin Guardado, with misdemeanor death by vehicle.
Neighbors said Guardado told them he tried to avoid the Obergs when they stepped into the roadway as he drove through the intersection.
The collision and death are hitting hard in a neighborhood where families frequently walk to and from nearby Cotswold Shopping Center.
Joe O’Boyle remembers the Obergs holding hands as they walked through the neighborhood every day.
“They had their sun hats and their jug of water and it was such a cute thing because you never see that today,” he said.
Because the driver of the van may not have seen his victim, driver Margaret Covode promised she will keep a closer eye on the crosswalks.
For those who continue to walk and drive in the area, the stake could not be higher.
Now, federal immigration officials have put a retainer on the driver, which means they will take Guardado into custody if he makes bond in the fatality case.
A spokesman at the jail did not know if Guardado was in the country illegally.