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Pedestrian Dies in Tragic Late Night Crash in Escambia County


May 20, 2020

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, FL- Pnj.com writes that a pedestrian died in a crash in Escambia County this week. The victim was reportedly in a wheelchair at the time of the wreck. The driver was identified as a 24-year-old woman who was traveling southbound on US 29 in the late evening. The sedan approached the intersection with Kenmore Avenue and struck the victim who was attempting to cross the southbound lanes of traffic from the east to the west side of the road.*

The victim was in the middle lane when the driver struck him. The Escambia County Medical Services declared the man dead at the scene of the wreck. 

Pedestrians are facing a lot of risks on the road throughout the nation. By some estimates, last year was the deadliest year for pedestrian deaths in about three decades. Well over 6,000 people are believed to have been killed in these crashes. One of the likely reasons for the rise in deaths is the popularity of light trucks. Americans seem to prefer driving SUVs over sedans. These bigger vehicles are about twice as likely to kill a pedestrian as would be a smaller car. 

While all pedestrians are at risk of being struck and killed by cars, studies indicate that people in wheelchairs are even more likely than others to be the victims of deadly pedestrian crashes. Researchers at Georgetown University found that the risk of being killed is about one third higher for people in wheelchairs. These individuals are lower to the ground, and in the case of those using an electronic wheelchair, they may also be moving more quickly than a pedestrian would typically be walking. These both create added risks for pedestrians. 

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Sources:

https://www.pnj.com/story/news/2020/05/18/pedestrian-wheelchair-killed-sunday-crash-escambia-county/5211492002/

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a31136893/pedestrian-deaths-increase-2019/

https://www.citylab.com/equity/2015/11/wheelchair-users-are-more-likely-to-be-killed-in-traffic-than-other-pedestrians/416667/


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