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Seattle, Washington – Woman Transported to the Hospital After Being Struck on Oregon Street & 42nd Avenue South

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Posted on December 1, 2019

Seattle, Washington (November 27, 2019) – Update: A woman in her 60s was was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of South Oregon Street and 42nd Avenue South on Wednesday evening. The Seattle Fire Department responded to the incident and later reported that the victim had been transported to a hospital in stable condition. Unfortunately, as of December 3, the Seattle Police Department has confirmed that the victim has died.

According to the witness statement provided, the victim was crossing from west to east and had entered the roadway between two parked vehicles. She was then struck by a northbound driver who was reported to be traveling at at reasonable speed.

About Pedestrian Accidents

We offer our sympathies and compassion to 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.

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