A 65 year-old man was killed while he was in a crosswalk attempting to cross a street in Cary, North Carolina. According to police reports, a Honda Ridgeline pickup truck took a right-hand turn from Caviston Way onto Davis Drive when it slammed into the victim, who was here from China visiting family members who live in the area. He was transported to Duke University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The 52 year-old driver, who lives in Cary, has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle. He was also charged with simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Our law firm has reported about many pedestrian victims who are killed or injured in car crashes, and unfortunately these incident numbers continue to increase.
A national study has classified the number of pedestrians who are killed in traffic accidents at epidemic proportions. Fifteen percent of car accident fatalities are pedestrians who are killed while they are walking. Between the years 2003 through 2012, 50,000 people died after being struck by a car or other vehicle while they were walking. That is almost 20 times more than the combined number of people who died in hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and earthquakes during that same ten year period.
There were an additional 676,000 people who were injured during that decade. And according to the research team who conducted the study, the elderly, children, and people of color were the most vulnerable to these types of accidents.
If you or someone in your family has been injured in a pedestrian/vehicle accident, contact an experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney to find out what compensation you may be entitled to for pain and loss.