Pedestrian Killed by Vehicle in Corpus Christi, Texas
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX. – According to an online news report from kristv.com, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle November 28 in Corpus Christi, Texas.*
61-year-old Abel Jacobo was attempting to cross Ayers Street at Norton in Corpus Christi, when a vehicle struck him. Jacobo was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries, Where he tragically died.
The driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene and spoke to police. Reports indicate the vehicle is a truck and the driver is a female, but her name has not been released. She was not cited at the scene.
Authorities say Jacobo was not in a crosswalk at the time of the accident, but they did not indicate whether a crosswalk was available. The accident is still under investigation, and no additional information has been released at this time.
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.
The report provides state-specific data, which shows that in 2016, Texas had a pedestrian fatality rate of 2.44 per every 100,000 people. New Mexico had the highest pedestrian fatality rate at 3.45 per 100,000, and Nebraska had the lowest rate at 0.68 per 100,000.
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