Minivan Strikes Pedestrian Causing Severe Injuries in Okaloosa County, Florida
Okaloosa County, FL- Weartv.com writes that a pedestrian is now in critical condition following a collision in Okaloosa County. The incident took place on Highway 98 earlier this week in the afternoon. Police reported that the victim was walking on the shoulder of Highway 98 and heading eastbound towards Pier Road.*
The Florida Highway Patrol stated that the victim walked in front of a minivan, which struck the individual. Responders arrived on the scene and rushed the person to the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.The identity of the victim has not yet been released.
Pedestrians in Florida are facing the highest risk of fatal crashes out of any state in the country. Officials often blame the state’s infrastructure for the problem. There are many busy, multi-lane roads that seem to facilitate the fast movement of traffic without providing safeguards for the most vulnerable users of the road.
While Florida might be the worst state for these incidents, it is far from alone when it comes to devastating pedestrian crashes. Across the United States, there are more of these incidents every year. Over 6,000 people died in pedestrian crashes in 2018, making it the deadliest year in almost three decades. Bigger cars are a known problem as SUVs are about two times as likely to kill a person as a sedan. Driver and pedestrian distraction is another major factor. Cellphones contribute to the lack of focus for pedestrians and drivers alike.
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Sources:https://weartv.com/news/local/pedestrian-critically-injured-after-being-struck-by-minivan-in-okaloosa-county and https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article224923045.html and https://www.bizjournals.com/bizwomen/news/latest-news/2018/03/pedestrian-deaths-rise-in-legal-marijuana-states.html?page=all