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Auburn, Washington – Two Injured After Struck by Car in Parking Lot

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Posted on May 27, 2019

Auburn, Washington (May 23, 2019) – Two women were injured after getting hit by a car in a McDonald’s parking lot at 1400 block of Lake Tapps Parkway East on Thursday evening. While the car that struck the two was traveling at low speed, one of the victims fell and struck her head on the pavement, leading to serious injuries. She required being airlifted to Haborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment. The other woman only had minor injuries and was taken to Auburn Hospital instead.

Response crews arrived on the scene around 7 p.m. on Thursday. The driver remained on the scene and cooperated with the police during the investigation. The driver has stated that he did not see the two women, which might have been due to the sun being in his eyes. There was no evidence that the driver was impaired, and no charged have been filed.

About Pedestrian Accidents

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.