Teenager Killed in Tragic Pedestrian Crash in Chester County, South Carolina (SC)
CHESTER COUNTY, SC- Heraldonline.com writes that a pedestrian died in a crash in Chester County this week. The victim was identified as a sixteen-year-old boy. The driver who struck the boy was also a teen.*
The incident occurred in the early afternoon on SC 901. The pedestrian was walking southbound on the shoulder when the car struck him and then collided with a tree. The driver was injured in the incident as well, and responders transported him to the Piedmont Medical Center. The driver was also sixteen-years-old, and his identity has not been released because he is a juvenile. Police and the coroner are still investigating the incident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) writes that 6,283 people died in pedestrian crashes in 2018. While pedestrians can decrease their chances of being struck by a car by using caution when walking on or near the road, driver awareness is necessary if pedestrians are going to remain safe throughout the country.
The NHTSA reminds drivers to look for pedestrians at all times. At night or when visibility is low, it is even more important to remain careful and to be prepared to slow down. Of course, never drive drunk and always obey the speed limit as speeding and drunk driving put everyone at risk. Remember to slow down in school zones and in areas where children may be present.
Pedestrians can help increase the chance of drivers seeing them by wearing bright colors or reflective gear. If a person is walking in an area with a crosswalk or a sidewalk, then the person should use those designated spaces. At no point in time should a pedestrian ever assume that a driver sees him or her on the road.
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