Did you know that 5,288 fatalities from the overall traffic fatalities in 2009 were individuals aged 65 and older (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)? The most at-risk groups for pedestrian accidents are children aged between 5 and 9 years as well as adults aged 65 and older.
Arizona pedestrian deaths in 2009 were 15 percent or 120 persons killed from the 807 total fatalities. It is almost equivalent to the total motorcyclists who were killed due to vehicular accidents on the same year. Unfortunately, the number of pedestrian fatalities is only slightly lower than the number of deaths in 2008.
Around 3 a.m. last Friday, another pedestrian was struck by a car while trying to walk across a freeway ramp in Phoenix (AZ Family 03/04/11). Investigators believed that the victim, a 61-year old man, jumped over the retainer wall and crossed the street when the car heading west on the 202 to the 10 hit him. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. (more…)