Tragic North Charlotte Pedestrian Crash Kills One
CHARLOTTE, NC- Wbtv.com writes that a woman died after being injured in a pedestrian crash last week. The victim, identified as an 87-year-old woman, was struck by a driver on Sunset Road near its intersection with Beatties Ford Road in the later evening.*
Responders rushed the woman to the Atrium Health Main, where her condition was reportedly serious. Several days following the crash, the woman died in the hospital. Police stated that the incident did not take place in a crosswalk and that the victim was wearing dark-colored clothing at the time of the incident. The investigation is still underway, and officers are requesting that anyone with information, to please contact Crime Stoppers or the local police.
Pedestrian crashes are more common at night because driver visibility is often impaired. When a person is in the roadway after dark in an area that is not well lit, drivers may not see that person until there is no time left to stop before impact. In some instances, wearing bright clothing or reflective clothes could help drivers have a better chance of seeing a person in time to avoid a collision.
One of the best ways to prevent fatal pedestrian crashes is to slow vehicles down, especially when they are in areas with a lot of foot traffic. The faster a vehicle is traveling, the greater the risk of a crash, and the more severe resulting injuries will be to a pedestrian. While most pedestrians will survive a crash at twenty miles an hour, the risk of dying in a collision rises drastically as the speed of the vehicle increases. Deadly injuries are more likely with victims over 70 than they are with younger adults.
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Sources:https://www.wbtv.com/2020/01/27/pedestrian-dies-days-after-being-struck-north-charlotte/ and https://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/publications/road_traffic/world_report/speed_en.pdf (downloads PDF file) and https://aaafoundation.org/impact-speed-pedestrians-risk-severe-injury-death/
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