No one knows why a girl and two others were not in class at Mitchell High School in Pasco County on Wednesday morning, January 19. Instead, they were crossing eastbound at Little Road and Kish Boulevard in Trinity. When the others stopped at the median, a 15-year-old girl kept going and was immediately struck and killed by a Hyundai.
The 47-year-old driver stopped at the scene of the Florida pedestrian accident and law enforcement found she had no previous violations. Not even a speeding ticket. This story in The Tampa Tribune visits the Generations Christian Church in Trinity later that morning. The church is located at the accident site. Around 9:30 a.m., the morning the collision occurred, church workers were arriving and a witness gave the teen CPR in the road. Then they brought everyone inside the church to give them comfort and to provide a gathering place. The church continued the gathering Wednesday evening for all of the teens involved, parents and anyone who was part of the community, including grief counselors to speak to the other teens.
With highway traffic fatalities down to the lowest level in 60 years, the number of pedestrian deaths appears to be increasing. The Governors Highway Safety Association reports the trend may be partially due to “distracted walkers” just not paying adequate attention to their surroundings.
This tragic pedestrian accident provides a much needed reminder that everyone needs to be completely aware when they are in the vicinity of moving vehicles. You cannot rely on crossing signs alone, and pedestrians need to be able to hear cars so should minimize loud music through a headset.
The Florida pedestrian accident attorneys at Farah & Farah extend their sincere condolences to the friends and family of this beautiful young woman who was loved and admired by many.