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Lynnwood, Washington – One Dead, Two Hospitalized in Car Accident

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Posted on May 17, 2019

Lynnwood, Washington (May 16, 2019) – A pedestrian was killed and and another man hospitalized when a car caused two accidents on 188th Street Southwest. The pedestrian, a woman in her 60s, died on the scene, while the man’s injuries have not been revealed. The driver was also taken to the hospital, but has been cooperating with the police.

According to Lynnwood Police, the car jumped the curb and struck the pedestrian on the 4600 block of the street. The pedestrian was carried this way for about 80 feet until the car crashed into a garage on the 4800 block. The other victim was a man that was inside the garage when the accident happened. Detectives are investigating the cause of the accident.

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.

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