Victim in Tragic Pedestrian Crash in Marion May Have Been Struck by Two Vehicles
MARION COUNTY, FL- Clickorlando.com writes that a woman died while attempting to cross the street in Marion County late in the evening last week. Reports indicate that a Toyota Prius traveling east on State Road 200 collided with the victim. The woman was tragically declared dead at the scene of the accident.*
Police believe that a second vehicle may also have struck the woman and then left the scene. Officers are still working to determine whether another car was involved. Police have not filed charges against anyone in connection to the crash.
Pedestrian versus vehicle accidents are more likely to take place after sunset and before sunrise. Visibility issues are largely to blame as drivers struggle to see pedestrians in the dark until the motorist is too close to stop in time. Depending on the speed of the vehicles, the distance required to stop might be larger than the distance at which the driver could see the person in the roadway when using their headlights to illuminate the road. In controlled studies, the distance at which a pedestrian is visible at night can be up to 300 feet, but in real-life situations, a better estimate is closer to 100 feet, and some estimates just 40 feet. When a car is moving at about 30 miles per hour, it will take the driver an average of 119 feet to stop in an emergency. The stopping distances increase dramatically when the car is traveling at higher speeds. The numbers illustrate the scope of the problem. Even at relatively low speeds, it is possible for a driver to miss seeing a pedestrian until it is too late to come to a complete stop.
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Sources:https://www.clickorlando.com/traffic/2019/12/27/pedestrian-may-have-been-struck-twice-in-fatal-marion-county-crash-troopers-say/ and https://www.visualexpert.com/Resources/pedestrian.html and Speeding - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (downloads PDF file to desktop)