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Everett, Washington – Pedestrian Dies From Injuries After Getting Struck by Ambulance

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Posted on July 29, 2019

Everett, Washington (July 27, 2019) -A man died from his injuries after getting struck by a Marysville ambulance in the northbound lanes of State Route 529 on early Saturday morning. The victim, identified as Wayne D. St. John from Bellingham, was given aid on the scene by two firefighters from the ambulance.The two firefighters also called for additional assistance. However, Everett Fire Department medics soon pronounced the man dead on the scene. According to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office, the victim died from multiple blunt force injuries.

The accident happened at Steamboat Slough Bridge. The Marysville ambulance was heading back from Providence Hospital. According to witness reports, the victim was walking southbound in the inside lanes and was wearing dark clothing when he was struck. The Marysville Fire District is giving their full cooperation with the investigation. The two firefighters were placed under administrative leave.

About Pedestrian Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion to 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.