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South Hill, Washington – Child Dead After Accidentally Being Backed Over by Pickup Truck

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Posted on May 3, 2019

South Hill, Washington  (May 1, 2019) – A 7 year-old girl died from her injuries after accidentally being backed over by her stepfather’s pickup truck on driveway of their home at the 12400 block of 130th Avenue Court East. The victim was taken to the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, but she died an hour later.

The stepfather had returned home after work around 6 p.m. and was backing into the driveway when the girl saw him. She had been skateboarding on a nearby hill and returned home, but tried to go behind his truck as he was backing up. He was unable to stop in time and the truck backed over the girl. The victim has not been identified as of the time of writing.

About Pedestrian Accidents

Our sympathies and compassion go 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.