Pasco County Pedestrian Crash Tragically Kills One
ARIPEKA, FL- Wfla.com writes that investigators in Pasco County are still looking into a fatal crash that killed one person earlier this week. Police have released few details regarding the incident, which occurred in the afternoon on Old Dixie Highway at its intersection with Aripeka Road.*
One car had pulled off the roadway near the scene, and officers were investigating the vehicle. A PT Cruiser could also be seen on nearby where it had struck a utility pole. The Cruiser’s windshield was shattered.
Officers confirmed that one person died and that they were treating the incident as a fatal pedestrian crash. Police would not report whether the victim was male or female. Reporters at the scene watched officers line up evidence bags near the Cruiser.
Currently, it is not clear whether the two sites are related to the same accident. Reports also failed to state whether the event was accidental or if the driver is accused of intentionally striking the victim.
Police stated that the driver is coopering with officers.
Pedestrian crashes occur more often in Florida than any other state in the country. Many blame the state’s infrastructure, which they say is designed for cars, and not for foot traffic. The unfriendly roads are a problem in the state where the weather encourages people to walk and bike, but the roads make doing so a safety hazard. Lower speed limits, better-designed intersections, sidewalks and bike lanes could all help to reduce the number of tragic pedestrian incidents that occur in the Sunshine State. Florida currently has much work to do in order to protect its most vulnerable road users. Until something changes, pedestrians and drivers should remain cautious and alert.
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Sources:https://www.wfla.com/news/pedestrian-dies-after-being-hit-by-a-car-in-pasco-co/ and https://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/2019/09/18/florida-most-dangerous-state-walking-pedestrians-smart-growth-america-roads/2363941001/