Pedestrian Killed on U.S. 50 in Nevada
MOUND HOUSE, NV. – October 11, 2018 (ccenterdispatch.com) A pedestrian was struck and killed October 8 on U.S. Highway 50 in Mound House, Nevada, according to an online news report from ccenterdispatch.com.*
At approximately 7 p.m. on October 8, 41-year-old Manuel Jesus Sepulveda, of Carson City, Nevada, was walking north across U.S. 50 in Mound House and stepped into the path of a 2016 Ford F-150 pickup. The truck hit Sepulveda, and Sepulveda died at the scene.
The driver of the pickup, who has not been identified, stayed at the scene and is reportedly cooperating with investigators. Sepulveda was reportedly not inside a crosswalk at the time. The accident shut down U.S. 50 for about three hours. Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating and has not released additional information at this time.
According to an article from NPR, pedestrian fatalities in the United States are a significant problem. In 2017, nearly 6,000 pedestrians died in traffic accidents in the U.S., a number that represents a 25-year high for the second year in a row. Pedestrian deaths increased by 27 percent from 2007 to 2016. Two possible explanations for the year-over-year increases are more vehicles on the road due to lower gas prices and high instances of distracted driving.
And while the Governor’s Highway Safety Association says increases in pedestrian fatalities appear to be slowing, too many people are dying in these types of accidents every year. Pedestrian fatalities rose in 2017 in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Five states — California, Florida, Texas, New York, and Arizona — carried 30 percent of the U.S. population in 2017 but made up 43 percent of the pedestrian deaths that year.
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