Two pedestrians were cited for failing to use a crosswalk after they were struck by a car on Christmas Eve, Saugerties police said.

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Saugerties police responded to Market Street shortly before 9PM on Tuesday, Dec. 24 after receiving a 9-1-1 call reporting two pedestrians had been hit by a car near the Saugerties Post Office. According to police, an investigation revealed a 20-year-old man and a 57-year-old woman, both from Saugerties, had walked off the curb and into the street. They were then struck by a 2005 Chrysler Sedan driven by another Saugerties resident.

The pedestrians were treated at the scene by paramedics from DIAZ Ambulance and transported to WMC Health Alliance Hospital Broadway Campus in Kingston where they were treated for minor injuries. The pair were cited for not using the crosswalk and for failing to yield to a motor vehicle.

"Eight pedestrians have been struck by automobiles in Saugerties this year," Saugerties Chief of Police Joseph A. Sinagra said in a press release. "Pedestrian safety will once again be a primary law enforcement priority for our agency in 2020."

Under New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, pedestrians have the right-of-way in a crosswalk but otherwise have to yield to cars when crossing a roadway.

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