Pedestrian Killed in St. Johns County

Florida DOT- Pedestrian Laws
A Jacksonville pedestrian accident occurred when a man was hit while he was in the crosswalk and killed by a car in St. Johns County early Saturday, July 31.

It was nearly 1 a.m. when Raymond J. Spencer, 52, was crossing State Road 16 near the intersection of the Factory Outlets in St. Augustine, according to an article on Spencer, of the 1100 block of Michigan Avenue, was crossing at the crosswalk but against the walk signal when a 1999 Mitsubishi driven by Thomas Evans, 38 hit him. Evans, of Green Cove Springs, was not issued a citation. He was okay but Spencer was killed at the scene.

Florida Highway Patrol reports that a witness said the crosswalk light said “do not walk” at the time.

Pedestrian Dangers
Florida is the most dangerous state for pedestrians and 9 out of 10 most dangerous metro areas are in the south says the nonprofit, Transportation for America.

Consumer Affairs reports that the coalition of transportation policy groups finds that the Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville metro areas are the top four most dangerous cities for walking. Memphis, Tenn., is number five.

According to statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 566 pedestrians and bicyclists were hit by cars in the city in 2008, and 20 of them died. Preliminary numbers from 2009 show 604 people hit and 29 dead.

Those numbers continue to frustrate police.

Florida Law
The Florida Department of Transportation says pedestrians are supposed to cross at crosswalks when the light tells them to do so. Crossing mid-block, the pedestrian must yield to all vehicles on the road.

And although there are few details about this accident, drinking is a major contributor to pedestrian traffic deaths. The state finds that in 2008, 10.3% (922) of all pedestrians in crashes (8,951) had been drinking and 36.25% (182) of all pedestrian fatalities (502) had been drinking.

If you or a loved one has been hit by a vehicle either when on foot or riding a bicycle, let the Florida pedestrian accident attorneys at Farah and Farah help you sort out the details to determine the at-fault party. The cost of your hospitalization and medical care may be covered by the other side’s insurance, but you must have someone advocate for you.