Pedestrian Dies After Hit by Vehicle in Tennessee
HAMILTON COUNTY, TN. – November 6, 2018 - A pedestrian died November 6 after being struck by a vehicle in Hamilton County, Tennessee, according to an online news report from newschannel9.com.*
The incident occurred at approximately 6:15 p.m. on Apison Pike in Hamilton County. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office reports in a release that deputies responded to the 12,600 block of Apison Pike on a call about a two-vehicle crash. Upon arriving at the scene, they discovered a pedestrian had been struck by one of the vehicles.
The events began when a Ford F-250 pickup truck stopped in the eastbound lane of Apison Pike because of a flat tire on a trailer that the pickup was hauling. One of the occupants of the truck was standing on the left side of the trailer, when an eastbound Ford F-150 pickup truck crashed into both the trailer and the pedestrian.
The pedestrian, who has not been identified pending notification of next-of-kin, died on the scene. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Investigation team is investigating the incident and has not released additional information at this time. The driver of the F-150 has not been identified. It does not appear anyone else was injured in the accident.
According to a report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, pedestrian fatalities in the United States have been rising at an alarming rate. Pedestrian deaths have risen substantially faster than other types of traffic deaths, increasing by 27 percent from 2007 to 2016. In 2007, pedestrian deaths accounted for 11 percent of all traffic fatalities in the U.S., and by 2016, that figure rose to 16 percent. Pedestrians are dying in higher numbers in traffic accidents today than at any other time in 33 years.
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