Tragic Crash Kills Child on Carolina Town Lane in Holly Springs, North Carolina (NC)
HOLLY SPRINGS, NC- Cbs17.com writes that a truck driver caused a collision that took the life of a four-year-old boy this week in Holly Springs.*
The incident occurred in the evening on Carolina Town Lane. The boy, and other children, were playing on the road at the time of the horrible crash. Following the collision, responders rushed the little boy to the hospital, but his injuries proved fatal. The man driving the truck, identified as a 42-year-old from Garner, is not facing charges for his role in the collision.
Police stated that the truck driver failed to see the little boy and that he could not stop in time to avoid striking the child. The driver now faces misdemeanor death by motor vehicle charges, as well as charges for failing to reduce his speed to avoid a crash. Investigators do not believe that the driver was violating the speed limit or drunk when the incident occurred.
Pedestrian crashes are common and kill thousands of people in the United States every year. While it may appear that at least some of these collisions are an inevitable part of life with cars, some cities are proving that this is not the case. In Europe, two Scandinavian capital cities proved that major cities with zero pedestrian fatalities is not a pipe dream.
Oslo, Norway, and Helsinki, Finland, both reported zero pedestrian deaths in 2019. One of the major aspects of both cities’ traffic plans was lowering the speed limits. Lower speeds carry far less risk of fatal collisions involving pedestrians. Safety advocates argue that drivers should not be traveling above twenty miles per hour in places where pedestrians are likely to be on the road. While lowering the speed limit is a known way to cut down on the dangers posed to pedestrians, it is difficult to convince American drivers that such low-speed limits are worthwhile.
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