MOORESTOWN, N.J. (AP) — A blind man who was hit by a car while he was crossing a busy street blocks away from a crosswalk has died.

Sixty-eight-year-old Gordon Parks’ guidedog, Wendy, was also killed in Wednesday’s crash in Moorestown.

Parks was taken to Cooper University Hospital, but died there Thursday.

A man who works near the accident site told the Courier-Post of Cherry Hill that Parks and Wendy sometimes crossed in the middle of the street, away from a crosswalk. Parks would hold up his hand and traffic would stop.

In 2004, Parks persuaded officials to put in Burlington County’s first audible crosswalk signals at an intersection not far from where he was killed.

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