Vehicle Strikes Man on Mobility Scooter in Canada
SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA – October 18, 2018 (straight.com) According to an online news report from straight.com, a vehicle struck a man on a mobility scooter October 17 in Surrey, British Columbia.*
The Surrey Royal Canadian Mounted Police report that the accident occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. on October 17 at the intersection of 140th Street and Green Timbers Way in Surrey. An unidentified 59-year-old man was riding a mobility scooter across 140th Street, when a vehicle crashed into him.
The man was transported to a nearby hospital in serious condition. The vehicle driver, who has also not been identified, remained at the scene. It is not clear whether charges will be filed. Surrey RCMP are investigating and have ruled out speeding, drugs, and alcohol as factors. No additional information has been released 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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