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Moses Lake, Washington – Pedestrian With Minor Injuries After Getting Struck in Hit-and-Run

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Posted on January 30, 2020

Moses Lake, Washington (January 24, 2020) – A pedestrian sustained minor injuries after getting struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run collision at the 700 block of North Stratford Road on Friday evening. According to the article from 560KPQ News Radio, the victim was taken to Samaritan Hospital for treatment of his injuries. No other injuries were reported in the incident.

Police responded to the scene of the incident around 6:45 p.m. The victim reported that he was walking on the sidewalk when was struck by an orange Jeep exiting the Arby’s parking lot. The driver had left the scene before police arrived. Anyone with information on the incident is encouraged to call the Moses Lake Police Department.

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.