Tragic Crash Kills Pedestrian in Escambia County, Florida
ESCAMBIA COUNTY, FL- Weartv.com writes that a woman died in a pedestrian incident over the weekend in Pensacola. The victim, a 61-year-old woman, was attempting to cross Davis Highway when a vehicle struck her, causing critical injuries.*
Responders rushed the victim to the Sacred Heart hospital, where she later died from the injuries she sustained in the crash.
Police stated that there was no crosswalk present at the location where the victim tried to cross the road and that she was wearing dark-colored clothes. The incident occurred in the evening, and the driver stated that he was unable to see the victim until he had no time to stop.
Pedestrian crashes are more common at night because visibility plays a major part in many of these incidents. Drivers often fail to see people on the road until they are too close to stop. Headlights are not well equipped to illuminate far enough ahead of a vehicle to help drivers see people along the road. This is even more of an issue when pedestrians are dressed in dark clothes. Bright colors and reflective gear can be seen from a greater distance and may help a driver see a person in time to make an evasive maneuver.
In order to protect pedestrians, Florida, which has the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities in the nation, will have to improve its infrastructure. Adding crosswalks, bike lanes, and better lighting in areas where people often travel on foot could help the state reduce its pedestrian death toll.
Until the roads are better at protecting pedestrians or vehicles are better at detecting them, pedestrians should wear bright clothing, use caution near roadways, and never assume that a driver sees them.
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Sources:https://weartv.com/news/local/one-person-dead-after-fatal-accident-in-escambia-county and https://www.peoplepoweredmovement.org/floridas-complete-streets-aim-to-eliminate-bike-accident-deaths/ and https://miami.cbslocal.com/2019/01/23/florida-pedestrian-deaths/ and http://www.pedbikeinfo.org/resources/resources_details.cfm?id=5167
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