Officer Struck on Interstate 40 is Now Listed in Non-Critical Condition
MEMPHIS, TN – According to an online news report at wreg.com, a Memphis Police officer who was conducting an investigation of an accident that occurred over the weekend was hit by a vehicle on Interstate 40 close to Sycamore View.*
As the police officer was investigating an accident on Interstate 40 east located west of Sycamore View in the nighttime hours, the officer was struck by a vehicle that was not involved in the initial crash. The officer was transported to an area hospital where he was listed in critical condition. As of later in the weekend, the officer was listed in non-critical condition. The motorist who struck the officer was issued a ticket for Obedience to Device and Financial Responsibility Law.
"We should continue to pray for this officer and his family as he recovers from the injuries," Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland stated on Twitter.
All eastbound lanes were blocked off while police and emergency personnel worked the scene of the two accidents. By later in the night, police reopened some lanes of traffic.
Pedestrian-vehicle accidents are a serious problem in the United States. On average, a pedestrian dies in a traffic accident every 113 minutes and is injured every eight minutes. While only 8.6% of all trips are made on foot, 11.4% of all traffic fatalities are pedestrians.
Most pedestrian injuries occur between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. with a peak time between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Most pedestrian deaths, however, occur at night, usually between 5:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. The majority of pedestrian-related accidents happen on Friday and Saturday with the fewest occurring on Sunday.
There are several causes of pedestrian accidents, which include drunk driving, distracted driving, driving while fatigued, poor visibility, and inclement weather.
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