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Police Officer Strikes and Kills Pedestrian in Tragic Hillsborough, Florida Accident


January 02, 2020

HILLSBOROUGH, FL- Tampabay.com writes that an officer responding to a call struck and killed a woman last weekend in Hillsborough County. The officer was driving on Williams Road in the middle of the night when the 22-year-old woman attempted to cross the street. The officer was traveling at an estimated 55 miles per hour. The posted speed limit is 45 on the relevant stretch of road.*

Police say that the victim was on the road, wearing dark clothing and that there was inadequate lighting at the scene. The victim was tragically declared dead at the site of the accident. 

The officer has worked with the county since 2017 and does not have any previous crashes on his record. Police say the investigation is ongoing and did not state whether charges are likely to be filed against the deputy.  

Between 2009 and 2016, the number of deadly pedestrian crashes in the United States jumped by 46 percent. While the spike in fatal pedestrian incidents should be cause for alarm, some believe that the way many of these incidents are handled leads to complacency. Much of the coverage of pedestrian incidents leaves the reader feeling that the pedestrian is at fault. The victim-blaming creates a situation where people are less inclined to look at solutions for the problem- and with a 46 percent increase in pedestrian deaths, there is clearly something wrong. Police also often, place blame on pedestrians in these incidents without knowing all the facts, thereby excusing the driver even when there might be some wrongdoing. Of course, in many of these cases, the victim has no voice to contradict the driver’s account.  

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Source:https://www.tampabay.com/news/crime/2019/12/28/pedestrian-killed-in-accident-by-hillsborough-deputy-heading-to-scene/ and https://usa.streetsblog.org/2019/11/18/op-ed-hey-reporters-stop-blaming-crashes-on-the-victims/ and https://usa.streetsblog.org/2018/08/08/how-lazy-coverage-of-pedestrian-deaths-obscures-why-streets-are-so-dangerous/


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