Pedestrian Struck, Killed by Vehicle on U.S. 301 in Florida
MANATEE COUNTY, FL. – As reported online by bradenton.com, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle on U.S. 301 in Manatee County, Florida. Few details about the incident have been reported at this time.*
The collision occurred at approximately 3:40 a.m. in Manatee County. A 41-year-old man from Spring Hill, Florida, was walking north in a traffic lane on U.S. 301 and was struck by a vehicle near 25th Court East. The man, whose name has not been released, died at the scene.
No information was reported about the driver of the vehicle or how the collision occurred. Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating.
Pedestrian accidents and fatalities are rising around the country and in Florida. They are a continuing problem in the state of Georgia, as well. The Atlanta Regional Commission reports that the number of collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists in the Atlanta metro area (which includes 20 counties in Georgia) has risen dramatically in about 10 years. In 2006, about 1,700 such collisions occurred in the metro, and by 2015, that number rose to more than 2,500. That represents a 53 percent increase.
During the same time period — 2006 to 2015 — the number of pedestrians and bicyclists who were killed or seriously injured in traffic collisions increased by 26 percent. Byron Rushing, bicyclist and pedestrian program manager with the Atlanta Regional Commission, says these figures show the state is “on the verge of a crisis.” If the trend continues, another 1,100 pedestrians across Georgia will die in traffic crashes before 2022.
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