Tragic Crash on Lee Boulevard Kills Pedestrian
FL- Fox4now.com writes that a car struck and killed a pedestrian over the weekend at the intersection of Hazelwood Avenue and Lee Boulevard. Investigators stated that the vehicles were driving west on Lee Boulevard when it struck the pedestrian who was crossing the road.*
Police are investigating the crash. Reports did not include information regarding the driver or vehicle involved in the incident.
More pedestrians die in crashes in Florida than in any other state in the country. The Sunshine State is known to have extremely dangerous roads, especially when it comes to vulnerable road users such as pedestrians. While the number of people killed in pedestrian incidents is on the rise in the United States, Florida is outpacing every other part of the country.
A large part of the problem is likely larger cars, including SUVs, which have become especially popular throughout the nation. These larger vehicles are more likely to cause deadly injuries than vehicles such as sedans, which strike lower on a person’s body.
When it comes to risks that are more prevalent in Florida, many believe the road design is a large part of the problem. The streets are made for high-speed traffic. Faster moving cars are more likely to cause fatal injuries. In order to reduce the number of deadly pedestrian collisions in the state, once method would be to lower speed limits. In areas with a lot of pedestrian traffic, lighting is important as well because many pedestrian crashes take place when it is dark out, and driver visibility is impaired. While it is important for pedestrians to use caution while walking on or near the road, drivers must also be cognizant of the risks they pose to vulnerable road users.
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Sources:https://www.fox4now.com/news/local-news/fatal-accident-on-lee-blvd-and-hazelwood-ave and https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/pedestrian-safety and https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article224923045.html