Articles Posted in Pedestrian Accidents

The nonprofit group Transportation for America is once again showing the fallout of road design that has for decades accommodated motor vehicles and not pedestrians. The bottom line numbers – from 2000 to 2009, 47,700 pedestrians died on U.S. roads. As the group likes to point out, that is about equal to a jumbo jet full of passengers crashing every month.

These are avoidable tragedies.

Add to the numbers more than 688,000 pedestrians injured during that time, roughly equal to a pedestrian struck by a motorist every seven minutes.

When it comes to funding roads that are more pedestrian-friendly, the budgets usually are not there. That’s why nationwide pedestrian fatalities make up nearly 12 percent of traffic deaths. Compare the U.S. to Europe where many cities cordon off a usable bicycle and pedestrian path that is separated from traffic by huge concrete barriers.
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It has happened for a second time in less than a week – a pedestrian crossing a North Florida roadway is hit and killed by a law enforcement patrol car in St. Johns County. This time a 57-year-old man from South Florida was driving a Mercedes when he hit the center median on Interstate 95 where he was northbound, according to The St. Augustine Record. The man got out of his car and walked to the north side of Race Track Road. The newspaper does not explain why he was walking back to the car when he was hit by a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Deputy vehicle in the left lane. The man was taken to Baptist South Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Just one week earlier a 44-year-old man from Elkton was struck and killed by a St. Johns County Sheriff car off State Road 207. That fatal collision is under investigation. Under FHP policy, an officer is supposed to assist at an accident scene if they can safely do so.

Our condolences are extended to the friends and family of this unfortunate man.
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A St. Johns deputy who was off-duty was involved in a fatal crash in Hastings on Sunday night, April 24. The officer was in his patrol car heading home when he struck and killed a pedestrian close to a car pulled over with mechanical failure. The 44-year-old man was on State Road 207, according to a report by Channel 4, after his SUV had brake trouble and he skidded to the median. Two other drivers came to his aid about 10:30 p.m. and they had connected the SUV to a white truck. That’s when the driver reportedly stepped off the median and into southbound traffic where he was hit by the 33-year-old deputy who works in the school resource unit. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) reports charges are pending and the deputy has been placed on administrative leave.

Family members say the accident victim was a reliable man who always took precautions. Reportedly the cars towing the SUV had their flashers on and the victim stayed on the lane.

Our condolences go out to the friends and family of this man for his sudden passing.
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A Merritt Island man is facing an April trial for a traffic ticket after he struck and killed a 10-year-old boy who ran in front of his car. Legally, the driver cannot be charged with the boy’s death since he ran in front of the vehicle, but the driver has a long history of driving offenses. WESH-Television reports the man has two pages of offenses, including speeding, careless and reckless driving, DUI, and driving without a license. The Florida Highway Patrol is questioning how such a man stays behind the wheel. He had just completed a drunken driving school and was traveling 12 mph over the speed limit when he struck the boy. The lawyer for the boy’s family, in a separate wrongful death action, says if the driver had been going the speed limit he would have been able to stop in time. The driver insists he has done nothing wrong.

Florida law gives drivers many opportunities, some would say too many opportunities, to become repeat offender. Under Florida Statute 316.193, any driver convicted of a third DUI within 10 years, or a fourth or subsequent DUI, has committed a third degree felony which can bring up to five years in prison. Even after a third conviction a driver can get his revoked license back after two years. It is the fourth and subsequent conviction that revokes a license permanently.
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The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is warning parents and pedestrians that there has been a spike in the number of pedestrians killed on our streets in 2010, 35 additional deaths when compared to the year before, reports News 13.

Unfortunately sometimes children decide to play around cars when they are crossing the street and dart in and out of traffic. Parents should talk to their children about how dangerous it is, says an FHP spokeswoman.

The warning comes following an initial report by the Governors Highway Safety Association that found four states – California, Texas, New York and Florida – had 41% of the nation’s traffic fatalities in 2009. California ranked first for pedestrian fatalities, with Florida second at nearly 500 pedestrian fatalities in the state.
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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.
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An Orlando teen is in critical condition after trying to cross Orange Blossom Trail at Sprint Boulevard in Apopka on Saturday night, January 1 and was involved in a hit-and-run car accident. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) states the 17-year-old girl was struck at about 7:30 p.m. by a 2001 Pontiac driven by a 17-year-old male who was heading southbound on the inside lane of the road. She is in critical condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

A witness said the car driver slowed down but then fled the scene of the pedestrian accident. An Orange County deputy sheriff found the Pontiac with a smashed windshield and pulled it over at Rose Avenue and Beegs Road, arrested the driver and charged him with leaving the scene of a crash involving serious bodily injury.
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This is a very sad story to report from Orlando where one of two sisters crossing Alafaya Trail has died after both were hit by vehicles when crossing against the busy flow of traffic Thursday night, December 23. The Orlando Sentinel reports the first car, an orange Jeep SUV, struck the two about 7 p.m. at a crosswalk near the University of Central Florida as they were crossing from the west to the east side of Alafaya Trail. Then a second northbound Toyota Solara hit the 11-year-old, who died at the scene. Her 17-year-old sister was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center and is reported to be in critical condition. Law enforcement reports that neither drugs nor alcohol showed up for either driver and the girls were not in the crosswalk, so traffic had the right-of-way when the girls were hit.

Our condolences go out to the friends and family of the younger sister who has passed, and our prayers are for a full recovery of her older sister.
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Charges are not expected to be filed in a pedestrian accident that took the life of a 56-year-old Orlando man walking on Lee Road Wednesday, December 1. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the man was on foot northbound when he suddenly tried to cross the westbound lanes near the intersection of Adanson Street. According to the FHP, the man was struck head-on by a 2007 Ford Edge driven by a 21-year-old. The impact sent the pedestrian to the driveway of a nearby Burger King where first responders found him in critical condition. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital but later died from his injuries. Witnesses say the man ran suddenly into traffic and there was no way to avoid hitting him.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Orlando is among four Florida cities cited as being the most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians, according to a study by the nonprofit group, Transportation for America. Tampa, Miami, and Jacksonville round out the other four.
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Law enforcement wants to know – why was a man walking on State Road 9A Wednesday night, August 19? Matthew Russ was heading southbound about one mile south of the intersection of 9A and Baymeadows Road. It happened about 8:20 p.m. when he was struck by a car being driven by Suzanne Talcott.

He died at the scene.

Russ’s car had broken down north of where he was hit and reportedly he was walking to seek help. News4Jax does the man a disservice when it reports that he “staggered” into the travel lane where Talcott could not avoid him due to the other cars next to her.
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