Teen Killed on Fort Mill Highway in Lancaster County, South Carolina
CHARLOTTE, SC- Fox46charlotte.com writes that a sixteen-year-old boy died in a pedestrian accident in Lancaster County earlier this week. Reports indicate the victim was walking on SC-160 near the Bailes Ridge Apartments at the time of the crash.*
The first officer at the scene of the accident called the condition of the teen "grave," and a medical helicopter immediately launched to the location. However, responders later determined the status of the boy was too unstable to transport him via airlift. Instead, he was taken to Atrium Health, where he passed away a short while later.
Pedestrian fatalities are higher in South Carolina than in most of the rest of the United States. Based on a recent report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association, the state came in sixth in terms of per capita pedestrian fatalities. While South Carolina is among the deadliest states for foot traffic, the country is also experiencing higher overall rates of pedestrian deaths. With 6,227 pedestrians killed across the country last year, America is seeing the highest number of pedestrian deaths in nearly three decades.
The state is investing heavily in constructing safer roadways. However, law enforcement officers say that improving infrastructure is only one piece of the puzzle. About 84 percent of deadly pedestrian accidents occur at night, and about 83 percent happen in places that are not crosswalks or intersections. Improving the safety of intersections where people should cross will do little to protect those who cross where there is a not crosswalk or traffic controls. Part of the issue is educating the public about the severity of the problem and about how to stay safe. Help might also come in the form of improved pedestrian technology in vehicles.
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