So to set the scene, me and my girlfriend were driving along about to turn onto the road leading to our house. It was a dark moonless night, at a dark intersection, and the pedestrian in question was wearing dark clothing. We pulled up to make a left turn down the road and were waiting at the light with a yield sign letting traffic clear so we could turn. She was driving, I was the passenger. I saw that a pedestrian was crossing the street that we were about to turn into and I casually said, "Hey, watch out for that pedestrian." But I guess since her attention was on oncoming traffic she didn't hear me. Then she started to turn, I said "Watch out for that lady, watch out.. watch out! Stop! Stop! STOP!" It was then that the poor lady glanced off the passenger side bumper. This all happened fast and she never saw the lady, but she did at least take her foot off the pedal at the last second and swerved a bit and we didn't hit the woman full on. Of course we pulled over and called an ambulance. The pedestrian wasn't injured, she was knocked to the ground and had a sore hip. The ambulance looked her over and quickly let her go. The police arrived but issued no citations to anyone. Another thing, the woman had an open beer in her hands and it was laying in the middle of the street when the police arrived. They took pictures of the open beer can. Not only that, but the lady reeked of beer and cigerettes. The first thing the cops asked me when they got there was "Was she drunk?" Referring to the lady we struck. My girlfriend did not run the light, we had a green arrow. Now, a few questions for the legal eagles. Is there a potential my girlfriend could be sued? Does the fact that the pedestian was carrying an open container of alcohol mitigate the circumstances? The woman wasn't seriosily injured, but that's no garuntee of anything. She could wake up tommorow and decide she's been seriosily hurt. We were driving a fairly nice car, so I'm worried she may decide we could be a target for a law suit. Additionally, the moral of the story is: if you see a pedestrian in your path and your the passenger, make sure the driver is aware of it.