Car Strikes and Kills Pedestrian in Tragic Crash in Winter Park, Florida
WINTER PARK, FL- Clickorlando.com writes that one person died in a pedestrian crash this week in Winter Park. The incident took place when the victim tried to cross the road at the intersection of Aloma Avenue and Semoran Boulevard.*
Police are still investigating the collision and have not yet released information about the cause of the crash or the identity of the victim. It is not clear whether the driver will be facing charges in relation to the incident.
Florida is on the top of the list when it comes to the deadliest places in the nation for pedestrians. The Sunshine State’s roads are wide and flat, which seems to increase the dangers of fatal traffic collisions. While Florida might be the worst state for these tragedies, it is not alone when it comes to high numbers of pedestrian deaths. Nationally, more than 50,000 people have been killed on America’s roads while walking. According to the National Complete Streets Coalition, between 2008 and 2017, pedestrian deaths jumped by 35 percent.
The group stated that more people are driving large cars, such as SUVs. These bigger vehicles are more likely to cause fatal injuries in pedestrians. Distracted drivers also play a part in the growing number of pedestrian incidents.
However, road design is also putting pedestrians at risk. Modern road design often involves streets that are wide, with long blocks and higher speed limits. In many places, there are too few crosswalks and not enough lights. Pedestrians are, therefore, more likely to attempt to get across the street in places that are not safe. Experts say roads with these flaws are common throughout Florida.
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Sources:https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2020/03/15/pedestrian-hit-killed-by-car-while-crossing-winter-park-road-troopers-say/ and https://miami.cbslocal.com/2019/01/23/florida-pedestrian-deaths/