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.
“Staggered” is a loaded word and the newspaper does not attribute the description to the Florida Highway Patrol, nor does it elaborate. The implication is clearly that he was intoxicated and the public does not hesitate to join in to disparage the man. We do not know if that is true, and apparently neither does the television channel.
As Florida auto pedestrian accident attorneys, we understand that being a pedestrian in Jacksonville puts your life in danger.
Florida has four of the five most treacherous metropolitan areas for walking, according to the nonprofit group, Transportation for America.
Orlando, Tampa, Miami, and Jacksonville and their surrounding areas topped the Pedestrian Danger Index for the top four hazardous cities for walkers. Next on the list is Memphis, Tennessee. It may not be surprising that nine of the top ten cities are in the southern U.S. which is known to have car-dominant urban areas.
More than 9,000 pedestrians were killed in collisions with cars and trucks in 2007 and 2008, and 70,000 more were injured, according to the latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Mr. Russ for his passing.