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Seattle, Washington – Hit and Run, Alleged Attempt at Running Down Pedestrian

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Posted on April 17, 2019

Seattle, Washington (April 11, 2019) – A black SUV hit a parked vehicle and took off after allegedly attempting to hit another student of the college in the parking lot of South Seattle College last Thursday. The alleged victim, Katie Daviscourt, was walking in said parking lot when the black SUV appeared and attempted to run her over. The black SUV eventually hit another vehicle and kept going. The driver later showed up on Monday but was barred from the college campus as he was under investigation. Later on Monday,a Seattle Police detective said they had the license plate and have yet to confirm that the driver was actually the one in the vehicle.

According to Katie Daviscourt, she and the driver had a disagreement regarding political parties prior to the incident. The case is being investigated as a hate crime and hit-and-run.

About Pedestrian Accidents

It is fortunate that no one was injured in this incident. While this appears to be an intentional act of crashing into a pedestrian, it is important to note that even accidents involving pedestrians have grim consequences. The National Center for Health Statistics estimated 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.