Two Cars Strike Pedestrian in Tragic Berkeley County Collision
BERKELEY COUNTY, SC- Abcnews4.com writes that two cars struck a person in the road this week in Berkeley County. The victim was attempting to cross Highway 35 in the evening when the first vehicle struck the individual in the northbound traffic lanes.*
A second vehicle traveling behind the one that struck the person then attempted to swerve out of the way and crashed into a yard where the car collided with a mailbox. A third car then ran over the victim. Police identified the pedestrian as a 61-year-old man from St. Stephen. Responders declared the man dead at the scene. So far, it appears that no charges have been filed in relation to the deadly crash.
The Governor's Highway Safety Association (GHSA) writes that the number of pedestrian deaths in the United States last year was over 6,500. The numbers suggest that last year was deadlier than any year in the last three decades. The GHSA states that between 2018 and 2019, the number of fatal pedestrian crashes likely rose by about five percent.
When looking at the numbers from the last decade, the increase in pedestrian fatalities is even more alarming. Within a ten-year time frame, fatal pedestrian crashes rose by more than 50 percent.
The early numbers indicate that pedestrians made up seventeen percent of all traffic deaths last year.
The increases were not spread evenly throughout the nation. Instead, some states saw their number of pedestrian crashes drop last year. Twenty states had fewer pedestrian fatalities in 2019 as compared to 2018. Six of those states had double-digit declines in pedestrian deaths, and some cities also saw a great deal of improvement in their pedestrian safety statistics.
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