Car Strikes and Kills Pedestrian in Tragic Gibsonton Pedestrian Crash
Hillsborough County, FL- Wfla.com writes that a pedestrian died in a tragic collision in Gibsonton. The crash, which occurred on US 41, took place in the northbound lanes in the early morning. The victim was walking across the street when a 2019 Toyota Tundra struck and killed him.*
Police identified the pedestrian as a 29-year-old man. Officers have not yet filed any charges against the driver. The collision shut the roadway down for several hours while investigators worked at the scene.
Pedestrian crashes occur more frequently in Florida than in any other part of the country. Nationally, the number of fatal pedestrian incidents is higher than at any point in the last 30 years. The reason for the tragically high number of fatal pedestrian crashes in recent years likely has a lot to do with the rising popularity of SUVs. The American automobile market is dominated by sales of larger, higher off the ground vehicles. These cars are more likely to strike pedestrians higher up on their bodies, and therefore, have a greater chance of causing fatal injuries than a sedan would. Sedans often hit pedestrians in their lower limbs.
Of course, SUVs are popular throughout the country, not just in Florida, so additional factors must be leading to the higher pedestrian death toll in the Sunshine State. It is likely that the urban sprawl and large multi-lane roads in the state are part of the problem. Infrastructure in Florida favors fast-moving traffic over people traveling on foot.
Fixing the pedestrian crisis will involve a multi-pronged approach that must include some infrastructure changes. While large cars may be here to stay, better pedestrian detecting technology could help lead to the way to more pedestrian-friendly streets.
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Sources:https://www.wfla.com/news/local-news/at-least-1-killed-in-crash-on-us-41-in-gibsonton/ and https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article224923045.html and https://www.curbed.com/2018/9/27/17909270/pedestrian-deaths-suv-car-design and https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/pedestrian-detection-works-but-technology-still-has-ways-to-go-aaa-study-finds/