Wapato, Washington – Pedestrian Killed After Getting Struck by Vehicle on State Route 97Request Free Consultation
Wapato, Washington (March 1, 2020) – A pedestrian was killed after getting struck by a truck on State Route 97 near Frontage Road on early Sunday morning. According to the article from KIMA News, the victim, 46 year-old Lemero Colfax, was walking in the southbound lanes when he was struck by Juan Nunez’s vehicle. Colfax was pronounced dead on the scene. The occupants of the truck were uninjured in the incident.
According to information from the Washington State Patrol, Nunez was driving south on State Route 97 and approaching Frontage Road around 1:49 a.m. At the same time, Colfax was walking in the road and was struck by Nunaz’s vehicle. The cause of the crash has been determined to be a pedestrian walking in the roadway, and no charges are being made in the incident.
About Pedestrian Accidents
We offer our sympathies and compassion for 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.