A 47-year-old man was hit by a vehicle while crossing a Jacksonville street Tuesday, October 11 and is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. According to the Channel 4 website, the man was trying to cross Penman Road at Marvone Lane around 6:40 a.m. when he was hit. The Neptune Beach man was transported to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center where relatives say he is in a coma.
The driver says he did not see the man in time to stop because of foggy road conditions.
Other witnesses who say they were in the area at the same time say there was no fog.
Fortunately, the driver did stop and alert law enforcement which is required by Florida law.
Let’s all pray that this pedestrian recovers from his injuries.
The transportation group, Transportation for America (T4A), dubs Florida as top in the nation for hit-and-run fatal accidents. The nonprofit organization says the four most dangerous metropolitan areas for pedestrians are in Florida and include: Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and Miami.
According to state data, 482 pedestrians were killed on Florida roads in 2010 and 7,676 were injured.
Nationally, a dozen people a day die after being hit by a car, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). When an individual is hit by a 3,000 lb car, devastating injuries can result, including head and spinal injuries, broken bones, and brain injuries.
The Jacksonville pedestrian injury lawyers at Farah & Farah encourages everyone to watch for pedestrians at all times. A pedestrian can include anyone from a small child on a skateboard to someone who has trouble crossing the street. We are supposed to share our roadways with other forms of transportation and that includes foot traffic.
Source: http://www.news4jax.com/news/29447901/detail.html; http://www.flhsmv.gov/hsmvdocs/CS2010.pdf