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Aberdeen, Washington – Pedestrian Passes Away from Injuries Sustained in Hit-and-Run Collision

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Posted on January 16, 2020

Aberdeen, Washington (January 14, 2020) –  A pedestrian has passed away from injuries sustained from getting struck by a truck on East 1st Street and North G Street on Tuesday morning. According to the report from KXRO News Radio, the victim has been identified as Jeri Styles. Emergency crews had found Styles lying on the road moments after getting struck and she had been taken to Grays harbor Community Hospital, where she died. The driver fled the scene and remains at large.

According to the report, Styles had been crossing the road at the intersection around 7:30 a.m. when she was struck by a pickup truck. The truck was said to have left the scene by heading east on North 1st street. Preliminary investigation has pointed out the suspect’s truck to be an older model dark colored Ford or Chevy pickup truck. The Aberdeen Police Department is encouraging anyone with information on the topic to give them a call. Update: As of a report released on January 16 a a vehicle has been seized and a suspect has been caught.

About Pedestrian Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion for the friends and loved ones of the victim. Unfortunately, as shown in this case, pedestrians are at also risk while on the streets, with the National Center for Health Statistics estimating 7, 450  pedestrian deaths in 2017. Pedestrian accidents can fall under traffic or non-traffic depending on the location where they were struck. Traffic incidents happen on public roads, while non-traffic incidents occur on non-traffic areas such as driveways, parking lots and other private property. Most pedestrian deaths occur in urban settings, on urban roads (72%) versus on intersections (18%), and mostly at night. Much like motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents can happen simply because people are not as visible as other vehicles, a problem which is worse during night. And in an event of a car crash, similar to motorcycle drivers and passengers, the risk to pedestrians are greater than those inside a car, with fatality rate being 1.5 times greater than any car passenger.When it comes to risk, older adults, children, and alcohol-impaired drivers or pedestrians are at most risk in pedestrian accidents. The risk is further heightened in a situation where a vehicle is at high speed. Lately, distractions also cause accidents not only for drivers, but also pedestrians, specifically those who are using their phones while crossing the road. We urge everyone to exercise area awareness at all times and to keep their attention on the road. Avoiding accidents not only prevents loss, damage, injuries and death to one’s self, but also on other people in the surroundings.