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Seattle, Washington – Hit and Run at Lake City Neighborhood

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Posted on April 1, 2019

Seattle, Washington (March 29, 2019) – A pedestrian was left with life-threatening injuries after a hit-and-run happened at the intersection of Northeast 127th Street and Lake City Way on Friday night. The victim was crossing the street when he was struck, though it was unknown if he was using the crosswalk at the intersection. The driver was taken into custody.

The roads were temporarily closed while investigation of the accident was ongoing.

About Car Accidents

Our sympathies and compassion for the victim of this hit-and-run. Unfortunately, pedestrians are at 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 when it comes to 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. 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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