Crosstown Hit and Run (copy)

A pedestrian makes his way across the Crosstown at Coming Street on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016. File/Brad Nettles/Staff

The pedestrian killed while crossing the Septima P. Clark Parkway in downtown Charleston this week has been identified.

Benjamin Fricke, 31, of Charleston, died of blunt force trauma at Medical University Hospital on Thursday, according to the Charleston County Coroner's Office. 

Fricke was hit shortly before 6 a.m. near the busy Coming Street intersection. He was outside a crosswalk and had disobeyed a traffic signal when a southbound vehicle struck him, Charleston police said.

His death marked at least the fourth pedestrian fatality at the intersection since 2012. That portion of the highway, colloquially known as the Crosstown, has been a target of scrutiny in recent years.

Critics have lambasted the layout of the Coming Street intersection as unsafe and poorly designed, often prompting pedestrians to put themselves in harm's way while trying to make it to the other side.

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Gregory Yee covers breaking news and public safety. He's a native Angeleno and previously covered crime and courts for the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, CA. He studied journalism and Spanish literature at the University of California, Irvine.