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Poulsbo, Washington – One Person Killed After Getting Struck by Truck

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Posted on October 21, 2019

Poulsbo, Washington (October 18, 2019) – One man was reported to have been killed in a crash involving three vehicles at the 24900 block of Pioneer Way Northwest on Friday night. The victim was standing at the side of the road and had been struck by the truck. He was pronounced dead on the scene, with the county coroner yet to release an official cause of death.

According to the report, the incident happened before 9 p.m. Initially, a pickup truck had failed to negotiate a turn and was stuck in a ditch. The driver went to get a second pickup truck and a friend to help remove the struck truck. While they were doing this, a sedan going northbound on the road struck the bed of the pickup truck, causing it to knock into the victim. The driver of the sedan has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, and has been booked into jail. The accident caused Pioneer Way to be closed for three hours 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.