Pedestrian Accidents Frequently Fatal

Two San Diego pedestrians died yesterday after being struck by cars in separate incidents. The first was in North Park, where a 20-year-old pedestrian suffered major head injuries and died after being struck on University Avenue. The other occurred in Paradise Hills, where a pedestrian was hit near Sky Harbor Road.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration a pedestrian is struck and injured every eight minutes in the United States, and killed every 111 minutes. A large majority of pedestrian accidents occur in urban areas, at non-intersection locations, and in normal weather conditions.

Nearly half of all pedestrian accidents occur in the afternoon, and children and the elderly are typically at a greater risk of being injured in a pedestrian accident. Many of these incidents are the result of negligent or reckless drivers.

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