Tragic Pedestrian Crash Kills One on US Highway 70 in Clayton, North Carolina (NC)
CLAYTON, NC- Wral.com writes that a pedestrian collision left one person dead this week in Clayton. The accident occurred in the late evening on US Highway 70 in Johnston County.*
Police reports indicate that three vehicles were involved in the tragic incident. The events started when a car traveled down an embankment. The driver in that car exited and was walking near the scene when a second car struck him. A third vehicle ran over the man but continued driving, having supposedly failed to realize that he had struck a person. That individual saw blood on his car when he got out of the vehicle and then contacted the police. The crash led to the closure of the westbound traffic lanes for several hours. No charges were filed against the drivers at this time.
Pedestrians are facing many risks on the road in the United States, and those risks are heightened at night. Deadly pedestrian crashes after dark are a major concern and have increased dramatically in recent years. Some studies indicate that about 90 percent of the increase in pedestrian fatalities involved collisions that occurred at night. The reason is not yet clear, nor is the solution to this growing danger. Some suggest that improved lighting on streets is needed and that more traffic law enforcement efforts should be used after dark to monitor for dangerous driving.
LED lights, which many believed would make roads safer, may actually be so bright that they are impairing visibility for drivers. At night, risks to road users, including alcohol consumption, could be adding to the already significant problems created by low visibility.
Of course, the prevalence of light trucks and SUVs is also likely leading to the rising number of pedestrian fatalities as these vehicles are more likely to kill a person than would be a smaller car.
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