Firetruck Strikes Child in Jacksonville Heights, Florida (FL)
JACKSONVILLE, FL- News4jax.com writes that a firetruck struck a little girl in Jacksonville Heights this week. The incident was caught on a surveillance camera that shows the truck leaving Station 31 and traveling on Hillman Drive. The victim was reportedly scared by a neighbor's dog, causing her to run into the road.*
According to a witness, the firetruck was using its lights but did not activate its sirens. The witness, who is a friend of the victim's family, stated that the child is alive, but gave no further details regarding her condition. The fire department is not commenting on the crash as the investigation is being actively carried out by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Police have not yet released any statements regarding the collision.
Pedestrian deaths increased in 2019 to an estimated total of 6,590 fatalities. The numbers indicate a rise of five percent over 2018. Since 2009, the numbers have gone up by 60 percent. Other types of fatal traffic accidents have not risen at anything approaching the same rate. In fact, when compared to 1975, passenger vehicle occupant fatalities experienced a drop of about 25 percent. Within the last decade, all traffic fatalities rose by only two percent.
One way that we may be able to combat the rising number of fatal pedestrian crashes is through improved pedestrian detection technology. Sadly, these features are not yet capable of preventing most of these crashes. A study conducted by the AAA found that pedestrian detecting software is not effective at detecting people at night, and only avoided crashes 40 percent of the time in broad daylight with cars traveling just 20 miles per hour. In the future, these systems may provide better protection and help lower the number of pedestrian crashes.
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