Pedestrian Killed in Tragic Marion County Collision
MARION COUNTY, FL - Wcjb.com writes that a woman in Marion County died after being struck by a car and then run over by a semi-truck. Some reports indicate that the 56-year-old victim was walking westbound in a crosswalk on US 301 when a driver collided with her, but others stated that there was not a crosswalk in the area. The motorists pulled off to the shoulder of the roadway. The semi then approached and struck the victim as well.*
The woman was declared dead at the scene of the crash. It is not yet clear why the driver failed to see the pedestrian or whether any charges are pending in the tragic accident.
Florida is the worst state in the country for pedestrian crashes. Based on statistics, walking in the Sunshine State is a dangerous activity. Of course, pedestrians around the country are dying in higher numbers as well. The total number of pedestrians killed in car crashes in 2018 was well over 6,000, making the year the deadliest in almost three decades. In general, SUVs are likely one of the main reasons for the rising number of fatalities. These bigger cars, which are more popular with American consumers, carry a greater risk of deadly pedestrian incidents because they strike on more vulnerable parts of a victim’s body.
However, SUVs are popular beyond Florida’s borders meaning other factors must be making Florida more dangerous. Road design is probably one of the main reasons that pedestrians are in greater peril in Florida. Wide multilane roads that are common throughout the state are designed to encourage the flow of vehicle traffic, not to protect foot traffic.
While the state is working on its Complete Streets program, it could also use some safety-minded legislation. Florida’s road safety laws have been found inadequate.
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