Tragic Pedestrian Crash Kills One in Tallahassee, Florida (FL)
TALLAHASSEE, FL- Wtxl.com writes that a 24-year-old woman was killed this week in Tallahassee while trying to cross Spring Hill Road in the early morning. The incident occurred in Leon County close to Windy Pine Way.*
The vehicle was reportedly traveling to the north when it struck the victim. Responders rushed the young woman to the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, where she was declared dead a short while later. The victim's name has not been released, and police have not yet stated whether any charges are currently pending against the driver.
Florida's roads are some of the most dangerous for people traveling on foot. The Sunshine State is one of just five in the country that account for close to half of all fatal pedestrian crashes. Nationally, the number of pedestrians killed is high as well, with numbers for 2019 potentially being the highest in more than three decades.
There are a variety of likely factors contributing to the high death toll. Of course, drivers who are distracted, drunk, speeding, or otherwise engaging in dangerous behavior behind the wheel are creating some of the risks for pedestrians. However, these drivers are not the only reason for the spike in fatal pedestrian incidents. The cars driven in the United States are also a factor as the popularity of SUVs has led to a larger average passenger vehicle. SUVs are known to create greater risks in pedestrian crashes, and thus, the increased number of SUVs means when a pedestrian is struck, he or she is more likely to face fatal injuries in that crash.
Nighttime driving is part of the picture as well. While pedestrian crashes increased in the day and at night, the number of nighttime pedestrian deaths rose by much more, indicating that visibility is playing a part in many of these tragedies.
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