Pedestrian Killed by Pickup Truck in Ohio
In Akron Ohio a 69 year old man was killed Tuesday evening after being struck by a pickup truck while crossing the street into the Goodyear Heights Neighborhood.
In an interview Police stated the man, whose identity has not been publicly released, was within the designated crosswalk as he crossed Brittain Road at Baur Boulevard at approximately 5:30pm. A Ford F-150 Truck was traveling northbound when it struck the victim.
The man was trapped under the pickup truck after being hit. Police stated he was eventually taken to Summa Health Hospital in Akron City but later died of his injuries.
The driver of the pickup truck, a 69 year old male remained at the scene of the accident and was questioned by first responder authorities. Investigators suspect alcohol was a likely factor and will likely bring charges against the driver of the Ford F-150 Pickup Truck. However the incident remains under investigation.
Pedestrian Accidents in Ohio
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration a pedestrian was killed every 85 minutes and injured every 7 minutes in traffic crashes during 2019.
The NHTSA stated that about 76% of fatalities occur at night when the risk is higher for impaired, distracted, or drowsy driving.
Despite there being fewer cars on the road because of the Covid 19 pandemic, there was a projected 21% jump of pedestrians killed in 2020 in Ohio. 154 deaths in total 20% from the previous year.
Motorists and pedestrians share the responsibility of keeping themselves safe while using roads and sidewalks” stated Governor Mike Dewine. “I encourage both drivers and pedestrians to remember to stay alert and avoid using any devices that may cause a distraction while traveling from place to place.”
Pedestrians should always use a sidewalk when it’s provided. It is unlawful for pedestrians to walk along and upon the adjacent roadway if a sidewalk is available. Where no sidewalk or shoulder exists, pedestrians may walk as close as practicable to an outside edge of the road, facing oncoming traffic.
“Whether you are on foot or behind the wheel, you should always be aware of your surroundings,” said LT. Grewal, Mount Gilead Post Commander. “Keep alert at all times to ensure pedestrians can be seen.”
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