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Ravell Call, Deseret News
Police and fire officials investigate an auto pedestrian accident near 1500 S. State in Salt Lake City, Wednesday, March 14, 2012.

SALT LAKE CITY — A woman and a 5-year-old child were hit by a car while crossing State Street Wednesday afternoon. The child suffered life threatening injuries and the woman, who is in her 20s, was listed in critical condition, according to Salt Lake City Police. 

The relationship of the child to the woman was not clear and police did not release the identities of the pair Thursday.

According to witnesses, the inside lanes of traffic had stopped for the woman and child to cross State Street at 1500 South, which is not controlled by traffic lights.

A red two-door coupe went over the median and into oncoming traffic, striking the woman and the child, according to witnesses. It remained unclear if the driver was trying to avoid the stopped vehicles when she went over the median and hit the pedestrians.

"Some vehicles had stopped to let them pass, and another vehicle apparently did not and went around the vehicles that were stopped," said Salt Lake City Police Sgt. Josh Ashdown, at the scene.

Police did not release the identity of the driver.

The victims were transported to a hospital for treatment. A backpack and a pink boot were among the debris scattered across the road.

People who live in the area say that without traffic lights, the intersection is dangerous.

"I don't trust the crosswalk as being a safety zone," said Jeremy Faull, who lives nearby. "I don't go unless it's clear. I don't trust that a car is going to stop.

Often cars in some lanes will stop, blocking the view of other drivers who just drive on through, Faull said.

"I think it's deceiving to even have a crosswalk there."

State Street was closed to traffic following the crash at the interection. Police detained the driver of the car for questioning.

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