Officials Identify Woman Killed by Semi-Truck on I-70 in Colorado
GRAND JUNCTION, CO. – Officials have identified the woman killed by a semi-truck on Interstate 70 in Grand Junction, Colorado, according to an online news report from kjct8.com.*
The Grand Junction Police Department said the female pedestrian was walking in the right shoulder of I-70 East and was struck by a semi-truck near mile marker 30. The pedestrian died at the scene. She has now been identified as 52-year-old Samantha Haber, of Fruita, Colorado. It is not clear why she was walking on the interstate.
The driver of the semi-truck, who has still not been identified, stayed at the scene and cooperated with police. It is not clear if the driver will be charged or cited. A portion of I-70 was shut down after the accident to allow crews to investigate and clear the scene. Delays reached back to the 24 Road on-ramp. No additional information has been reported 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.
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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