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Des Moines, Washington – Pedestrian Dead After Getting Struck by Car on Pacific Highway South

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Posted on November 14, 2019

Des Moines, Washington (November 14, 2019) – A pedestrian died after getting struck by a car on Pacific Highway South near Kent Des Moines Road on early Thursday morning. According to the report the victim was a man in his 30s who was wearing dark clothing and was not in the crosswalk at the time of the accident. he was reported to have died on the scene. The driver was not injured and stayed on the scene to cooperate with police investigation.

The incident occurred around 12:30 a.m. The cause and circumstances of the crash has not been reported, but it has been determined that the driver was not impaired at the time of the incident. The incident caused the southbound lane of Pacific Highway Way to be closed as investigation was 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.