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West Richland, Washington – Pedestrian Hospitalized After Getting Struck by Vehicle

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Posted on January 6, 2020

West Richland, Washington  (January 3, 2020) – A 12 year-old girl was injured after being struck by a vehicle on Paradise Way at Eagle Street on Friday evening. According to KEPR News, the victim, Mercedes Parsons, was airlifted to Haborview Medical Center for treatment. As of a report on Monday, Parsons was reported is expected to be able to come home. The driver of the vehicle was unhurt in the accident and cooperated with police investigation.

The incident occurred before 6 p.m. According to the report, Parsons was crossing the street when she was struck by the vehicle. The driver was determined to not have been impaired at the time of the incident. The incident caused Paradise Way to be closed between Eagle Street and Blue Heron Boulevard.

About Pedestrian Accidents

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.