Woman Tragically Killed in Pedestrian Crash Durham, North Carolina
DURHAM, NC- Abc11.com writes that a woman died in Durham after two vehicles struck her while she crossed the road earlier this week. The incident occurred at the intersection of Ambassador Drive and Miami Boulevard in the evening as the victim attempted to cross Miami Boulevard.*
A 2011 Super Duty Ford Truck struck the victim with its mirror causing her to fall into the roadway. At that point, another vehicle struck her and then fled the scene.
The police described the vehicle that left as a silver or metallic gray Toyota Matrix likely from the mid-2000s. The vehicle probably has damage on its fender well and left front bumper.
Police are searching for the driver of the vehicle that left the scene after hitting the victim.
Pedestrians are dying at higher rates than the country has seen in decades. There are likely multiple reasons the roads appear to be less safe for foot traffic than at any time in the recent past. Population growth might play some role, as more people on the road will likely mean more accidents. However, there has been a recent decline in deaths among vehicle occupants. Much of the blame often falls on larger vehicles, such as SUVs, which are taking over the passenger vehicle market. SUVs and pickup trucks strike victims higher on their bodies and therefore cause more severe injuries than sedans.
While vehicles are becoming better at avoiding crashes, they are not as good at preventing hitting people. Pedestrian accident avoidance technology will likely help lower these accidents in the future. Lower speed limits and better-lit roads may also help to make roads less hazardous for pedestrians.
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