84-Year-Old Man Killed by Vehicle in South Carolina
BEAUFORT COUNTY, SC. – An 84-year-old man was struck and killed by a vehicle December 29 in Beaufort County, South Carolina, according to an online news report from islandpacket.com. The victim has been identified by the local coroner’s office.*
The collision occurred at approximately 8 a.m. on December 29 on U.S. 278 East in Beaufort County. Ronald Titus, 84, of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, was attempting to cross the highway and was struck by a GMC pickup truck near Wilborn Road. Titus died at the scene, according to the Beaufort County Coroner’s Office.
The driver of the pickup, who has not been identified, was not injured and stayed at the scene. South Carolina Highway Patrol said no charges are anticipated against the driver. Troopers are still investigating the incident and have not yet reported additional information.
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, South Carolina had a pedestrian fatality rate of 2.96 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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