Category: Pedestrian Accidents
14-Year-Old Girl Tragically Died in Hit-and-Run Crash - A 14-year-old girl was tragically killed in a hit-and-run crash on Saturday night, according to Lee County deputies.
Okeechobee, FL (December 1, 2019) Florida Highway Patrol says 27-year-old Jose Alvarado Aguilar was attempting to cross State Road 70 at 2:43 a.m. when a vehicle struck him and fled the scene.
Florida ranks number one among all the states for pedestrian danger in Smart Growth America’s 2019 Dangerous by Design report.
The GHSA says pedestrian deaths are at a 28-year high, and we need to fortify our efforts to protect pedestrians.
College campuses are usually high density areas surrounded by intersecting major roads and highways. The combination of high population density, major roads, pedestrians, and bicyclists make this a potentially dangerous situation.
Florida has the dubious distinction of having the highest rate of pedestrian deaths in the nation. Crosswalks are designed to provide a safe area for pedestrians crossing the road.
U.S. pedestrian fatalities increased 41 percent since 2008, and Florida was among the top 5 states in the nation in 2018.
Public rights-of-way are still being designed to produce a predictable outcome of dangerous roadways.
The National Safety Council said that, on average, at least 60,000 are injured and 500 more die in the 50,000 plus crashes in parking lots and garages every year.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released a new study in May 2018 which found that pedestrian fatalities increased between 2009 and 2016. The largest spike in single-vehicle fatal pedestrian crashes involved SUVs.