Tragic Crash Kills Pedestrian on Highway 221 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina (SC)
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC- 1063word.radio.com writes that a pedestrian died in a crash in Spartanburg County this week. The incident occurred when a Nissan Versa traveling northbound collided with the victim in the middle of the night close to Riverview Road.*
Reports indicate that the victim was a 32-year-old Chesnee woman. The woman died at the crash scene.
According to Smart Growth America, South Carolina is the tenth deadliest state in the nation when it comes to pedestrian collisions. The numbers are based on a pedestrian danger index (PDI), which is calculated by determining the number of people who walk to work as compared to the number of pedestrians killed in the state. The national PDI is 55.3. The PDI for the Palmetto State is much higher at 107.8.
In recent years, the number of pedestrians killed in the United States has increased significantly. Within a decade, pedestrian fatalities rose 35.4 percent across the nation, but in South Carolina, the numbers increased even faster by 52.5 percent.
Fortunately, traffic deaths dropped in 2019. The early reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) state that overall, 440 fewer deaths occurred last year as compared to 2018. While the numbers only indicate a 1.2 percent decline, the fact that they decreased is a positive sign for the country's roads. Although most parts of the nation and most types of collisions declined, there were a few notable exceptions. Collisions involving large trucks increased by one percent, and the number of traffic deaths in the southeast region rose two percent. The NHTSA divides the country into ten regions, and only the southeast experienced more fatalities in 2019 than in 2018.
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