Pedestrian Killed in Tragic Crash on Seminole Boulevard in Largo, Florida (FL)
LARGO, FL- Iontb.com writes that a tragic crash took the life of a pedestrian in Largo, Florida, this week. The crash occurred on Seminole close to 124nd Avenue N. in the late evening in the southbound lanes.*
The victim was identified as a 33-year-old man from New Port Richey. He was reportedly walking westbound and attempted to cross the southbound lanes when the driver struck him. The driver was a 25-year-old woman from Clearwater.
The victim died at the scene of the crash. The authorities shut down the southbound lanes for several hours.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), in 2018, 7,680 pedestrians died in the United States. Those numbers include both traffic incidents as well as accidents involving pedestrians in parking lots, driveways, and on private property, which is why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration publishes lower numbers and reported 6,283 fatalities on public roads that same year.
One of the main factors impacting pedestrian safety is lighting. Nighttime pedestrian crashes are far more likely than incidents during the daytime.
In 75.54 percent of pedestrian deaths in 2018, it was dark out at the time and place of the accident. Another four and a half percent occurred either at dusk or dawn in lower light conditions. Only a little less than twenty percent of deaths took place during the day.
Florida is one of the worst states for these fatal crashes. While Florida, Georgia, California, Texas, and Arizona account for a combined 33 percent of the United States’ population, 47 percent of pedestrian deaths take place in these five states. Florida is one of three states with the highest per-capita pedestrian fatality rate.
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