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Pedestrian Killed in Tragic Crash on Interstate 75 in North Venice, Florida (FL)

July 09, 2020

NORTH VENICE, FL- writes that an eighteen-year-old girl was killed in a pedestrian crash on Interstate 75 this week. The incident took place overnight in the southbound lanes of traffic.*

A car driving southbound in the passing lane struck the teen, and the girl died at the scene. The driver was identified as a 27-year-old woman from Philadelphia who was traveling with a 26-year-old female passenger. Police are still working to understand what occurred. Investigators closed the southbound lanes for several hours while they worked at the scene. The victim was from Sarasota. Reports do not include the names of any of those involved in the crash. 

Most pedestrians are killed at night. For the last decade, as the number of overall numbers of deadly pedestrian crashes continued to climb, crashes that occur at night accounted for 90 percent of that increase. The reason that nighttime crashes are occurring so much more often now than in the past is not entirely clear. Some have suggested that the issue is newer headlights, which are brighter and can distract drivers. The problem may also stem from the rise in pedestrians out at night. This would mean that in the last ten years, people started walking more after dark. 

Smartphones have also been posited as a reason for the rising pedestrian death toll. While many people have been inclined to blame pedestrians for looking at their phones while walking, it is not entirely clear that a link exists between pedestrians using phones and more pedestrian crashes. 

Most researchers are in agreement though that SUVs are part of the reason that pedestrians are more likely to die now than ten years ago. 

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