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Everett, Washington – One Student Injured in Hit-and-Run

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Posted on June 3, 2019

Everett, Washington (June 3, 2019) – A 17 year-old student was injured after getting struck by a Jeep at 124th Street Southwest and 4th Avenue on Monday. While initial reports stated that the victim had serious injuries, the Snohomish Fire County later confirmed that the boy only had minor injuries. The student was taken to Providence Hospital to be checked out.

The incident happened near Mariner High School on Monday morning. According to deputies the Jeep was turning northbound onto 4th Avenue when it struck the victim. The Jeep sped off after the incident, and while a bystander attempted to keep track the vehicle was lost in traffic. The suspect vehicle was last seen northbound on Meridian Avenue South. Deputies are currently looking for more information about the vehicle, described as a 2008 or 2009 tan or beige four-door Jeep Wrangler Limited Edition.

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.