Vancouver, Washington - Pedestrian Killed After Being Struck by Pickup Truck
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Vancouver, Washington – Pedestrian Killed After Being Struck by Pickup Truck

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Posted on April 10, 2019

Vancouver, Washington (March 27, 2019) – A man died after being struck by a pickup truck on state Route 500 near milepost 9. According to the investigators, the 47-year old driver, Jaylen Hendrickson, was driving a 2014 Dodge Ram pickup truck eastbound on State Route 500 when he struck and killed the victim, 27 year-old Veniamin Ponomarev of Vancouver. Ponomarev was crossing from the north side of the road and was not in a crosswalk at the time of the crash.

Troopers from the Washington State Patrol responded to the scene around 8:30 p.m. No charges were filedby the troopers against Hendrickson.

About Pedestrian Accidents

Our sympathies for the friends and loves ones of the victim. Unfortunately, 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.