Woman from Stratford Hit and Killed in Pedestrian Crash
STAMFORD, CT- Ncadvertiser.com writes that a 61-year-old woman died after being hit by a car earlier this week in Stamford. Reports indicate the woman attempted to cross Washington Boulevard when a 2009 Volkswagen Jetta struck and killed her.*
The incident occurred during the later evening at Washington Boulevard’s intersection with Tresser Boulevard. The woman was walking from the north to the south side of the road when the vehicle struck her. Police identified the driver as a 23-year-old who lives in Stamford.
Reports indicate that because of construction barrels in the road, the victim was not technically in a crosswalk at the time of the accident. However, where she chose to cross was considered reasonable by the officers.
Police are investigating the incident and consulting video from the area to determine what occurred.
The driver stopped and is cooperating with the police investigation.
Pedestrian crashes are more likely to occur at night. Headlights do a poor job of illuminating the road enough to see a person traveling on foot, and in many places, the street lights are also not sufficient lighting for drivers. Low visibility is a significant problem for these types of accidents.
Another issue creating hazards on American roadways is that speed limits are often too high. A pedestrian stands little chance of surviving a crash with a car that is traveling above twenty miles per hour. Safety advocates often argue that speed limits should be capped at twenty miles per hour in areas where there is a high amount of foot traffic. Slowing down traffic means both that drivers are more likely to see people in time to avoid striking them and that if the person is hit, then he or she will have a higher chance of surviving that impact.
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