Man Uses Car as a Weapon to Injure Two Pedestrians
WAYNE COUNTY, N.C. —Law enforcement officers responded to an incident on Zeno Lane in Wayne County for a report that a vehicle ran two people over and that the two pedestrians sustained injuries. According to the Goldsboro Daily News, the North Carolina Highway Patrol and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department sent officers to the scene. Upon arrival, they found out that a 39-year-old man was angry with two people about money. The man drove away from the area but returned after a few minutes and struck the two victims with his car. Witnesses say that he tried to run both of the victims over with his vehicle. The two victims received emergency transport to Wayne UNC Health Care for treatment of undisclosed injuries. Authorities eventually apprehended the suspect and placed him in custody. *
North Carolina traffic fatalities continue to climb year after year. In 2009, according to an article appearing in the News Observer, 148 pedestrians died in traffic incidents, which represented the lowest total in several years. Since that time, however, the number of dead continued to grow. In 2018, 228 pedestrians were killed in vehicular accidents and were 13.4 percent higher than in 2017. To put the problem another way, the percentage of pedestrians killed since 2009 has risen at a rate five times greater than the population of the state is growing.
No one reason exists to explain why the number of pedestrians killed grows each year. Authorities believe that distracted driving continues to plague pedestrians, as does driving under the influence. But walking while distracted or inebriated is not safe either. People who are walking and texting pay more attention to their phones than the traffic surrounding them. Also, people who are inebriated while walking can stumble into the road, walk into traffic unpredictably, or fail to take precautions so that drivers can see them while they are walking down the street. Additionally, the size of the vehicles people drive today, such as SUVs, contributes to the death toll.
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