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Chesapeake, VA Pedestrian Struck, Killed by Pickup

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A Chesapeake, Virginia (VA), man has died after being struck in the back by a truck on Military Hghway, the Virginian-Pilot reports. The man was crossing the street of the 2200 block of Military Hwy. around 6:00 pm. He was heading eastbound in an unlit area when he was struck on the left side of his back by the passenger's side mirror of the truck.

Paramedics responded to the scene and initially thought the patient had suffered only minor injuries. An hour later, however, he had succumbed to his injuries. The driver has not been charged.


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Our thoughts are with the victim's family and friends. As citizens, we expect our roads to be safe not only to drive on, but to walk along as well. It sounds as though the area was not properly lit. Safety experts say lighting is key to any safe roadway.

Dark roadways can present safety issues for anyone walking or jogging after work. Many of us make a New Year's resolution to take to the streets in the evening to get some exercise. It's important to always wear light, brightly colored clothing, preferably with reflective fabrics. It's a simple way to make sure vehicles see us on the road.

Click here to learn about other ways to protect yourself as a pedestrian


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