Tragic Pedestrian Accident on United States Highway 41 in Sarasota, Florida
Sarasota Man Tragically Dies, Troopers Warn Against Dangers for Motorists and Pedestrians
SARASOTA, FL – According to an online news report at mysuncoast.com, another pedestrian succumbed to their injuries while attempting to cross United States Highway 41 located in Sarasota, Florida.*
According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), a 27-year-old male was struck by a vehicle in the nighttime hours as he was attempting to cross the Gulf Gate Drive intersection. Per statistics, pedestrian accidents happen quickly and far too often. Thus far, the FHP indicates that from January until March of this year, in Sarasota County alone, there were 57 pedestrian-related accidents where two individuals tragically perished.
Per a trooper with the FHP, he notes that “[y]ou want to avoid being dead right. Just because you have the right away, doesn’t mean you can walk out into the street.”
With the current accident involving the 27-year-old, it appears that the driver was not at-fault for causing the accident since he had a green light. The victim was located in a crosswalk but walked right in the direction of oncoming traffic. It is not clear why he crossed when traffic was clearly coming towards him.
The trooper from the FHP notes that “[u]nfortunately we do see this quite a bit in the state of Florida. That’s because it’s a beautiful state, the weather is phenomenal, a lot of people are out there on bikes and they’re walking.” He further indicates that Florida has already had 80 million visitors with 40 million vehicles on the roadway. This means that pedestrians need to be careful and alert when walking. The trooper believes that education is the key to avoiding these serious pedestrian accidents.
The FHP urges pedestrians to wear bright and reflective clothing when walking and to avoid consuming alcohol and drugs, as these reduce your judgement and reaction time. Pedestrians are also urged to put their phones and other electronic devices down when walking.
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