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Bellingham, Washington – Pedestrian Killed After Getting Struck by Car

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Posted on July 25, 2019

Bellingham, Washington(July 23, 2019) – A pedestrian was killed after getting struck by a car on State Route 539 just south of Smith Road. The victim, a 32 year-old woman, was found by crews on the scene. Responders attempted CPR on the victim, but she died on the scene. The driver was not injured in the incident and stayed on the scene.

The accident happened on Tuesday night. Troopers first received a call about person walking between cars on State Route 539 just after 10:40 p.m. While troopers were heading to the scene, they received a call two minutes later saying a pedestrian has been struck. The driver was found to be not impaired and will not face any charges. Investigation on why the woman was on the road is ongoing.

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.

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