17-Year-Old Viera Student is Hit by Pickup Truck While Walking His Bicycle Across the Street
VIERA, FL – According to an online news article published by www.floridatoday.com, a 17-year-old student was hit by a pickup truck while walking his bicycle across an intersection.*
On his first day back to school, a 17-year-old boy attempted to cross the street at the intersection of Viera Boulevard and Stadium Parkway when he was hit by a 2018 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by a 73-year-old Satellite Beach man.
Law enforcement officials indicate that the student attempted to cross the street without pushing the pedestrian crossing button. As such, the student did not have the right-of-way when trying to cross the street.
According to police, the pickup truck was only traveling at 5 miles per hour at the time of the collision. The 73-year-old driver stated that he was unable to slow down in time to avoid striking the 17-year-old boy, who was reportedly not injured. The driver will likely not face any criminal charges.
A New School Year Brings Out Young Pedestrians
As the school year begins, drivers should be on the lookout for students of all ages. Young children and teenagers are vulnerable when crossing intersections as many of them may not fully appreciate the dangers of crossing an intersection without having the go-ahead from a pedestrian “walk” signal. Many children and teenagers feel invincible and only begin to realize the dangers of busy streets when they are older.
As such, all motorists need to be extra cautious when crossing intersections with crosswalks, especially those near schools. Additionally, all motorists should adhere to school zones, as numerous pedestrian accidents involving children and teenagers happen in school zones, some of which involve a driver who has been speeding or not paying attention.
Both motorists and pedestrians have a joint responsibility to follow all traffic laws and be extra careful at intersections with pedestrian crosswalks, as safe practices will help to prevent accidents that often cause injuries or death.
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