2 women struck by car near Scottsdale nightclub

Two women were hospitalized late Saturday when they were struck by a car while attempting to cross Camelback Road in Scottsdale’s downtown entertainment district.

The accident occurred just before midnight at 7373 E. Camelback Road outside The Mint nightclub, as the women stepped off the south curb near the nightclub and attempted to walk north across the street, said Sgt. Ben Hoster, a Scottsdale police spokesman.

He said the women were struck by a car heading east driven by another woman. The victims were not using a crosswalk.

“It’s an error on the part of the pedestrians,” Hoster said. “The pedestrians cross mid-block, which is a violation in itself.”

The victims, who were in their early to mid-20s, suffered broken bones but are expected to survive their injuries, Hoster said.

“Alcohol wasn’t a factor for the driver or the pedestrians,” he said.

The accident occurred about 100 to 200 yards from Camelback Road and Buckboard Trail, where the city is planning to install a traffic signal with warning lights.

“It’s not something where the city could predict where someone would cross the street,” Hoster said.

A series of vehicle-pedestrian accidents have occurred along Camelback across from downtown’s entertainment district, an area south of Camelback where numerous bars and nightclubs draw thousands of patrons from across the Valley on weekend nights.

Patrons regularly cross Camelback to catch taxis and connect with other transportation.

One of those accidents resulted in the April 17 death of Matthew Tilton, 21, of Scottsdale. On April 11, just before midnight, Tilton was walking south across Camelback east of Saddlebag Trail when he was struck by a vehicle traveling westbound.

Tilton died of his injuries six days later. Scottsdale police said he was talking on his cellphone at the time, and the driver did not appear to be impaired or speeding.

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