OGDEN -- A faulty underground electrical part caused a street-lighting malfunction that played a part in an auto-pedestrian accident in front of Peery's Egyptian Theater less than two weeks ago.
Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell said Rocky Mountain Power crews began investigating the underground power system, which runs the lighting at the mid-block crossing where the accident occurred, on Feb. 16, the day after the accident happened.
Caldwell said the faulty part, which is called a relay and is used to make electrical connections throughout a power system, has been removed and replaced, and the light at the crossing is again functioning properly.
The accident occurred around 10:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at a mid-block crossing on the 2400 block of Washington Boulevard near Peery's Egyptian Theater.
An 83-year-old woman, a 72-year-old woman and a 12-year-old girl were struck by a pickup truck while crossing the street.
Ogden Police Lt. Chad Ledford said Wednesday that all three patients are in stable condition and are expected to make full recoveries.
The driver of the pickup truck has not been charged criminally in the incident and likely won't be.
An investigation by Ogden Police Department revealed that no traces of drugs or alcohol were found in the driver's system at the time of the accident.
Caldwell said that as a matter of course, the police department has subpoenaed the driver's cellphone records to make sure no texts were sent during the time of the accident. The department expects to have those records back in the next few weeks.
Just 10 days after the accident in front of Peery's, Daniel Thobe, 50, was killed while trying to cross Wall Avenue at 26th Street after he was struck by a 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix.
In response to the two accidents, Ogden city is currently exploring how to make pedestrian movement safer throughout the city.
The city is considering installing upgraded pedestrian lights at mid-block crossings and has requested that the Utah Department of Transportation conduct a traffic study of Wall Avenue near the area where Thobe was killed.