A pedestrian from Red Springs, North Carolina (NC) was struck and killed by an SUV while she was out walking on N.C. 71.
Angela Ross, was walking southbound on N.C. 71 around 7 p.m. when she was struck by a 1993 GMC SUV. According to a report filed by the North Carolina Highway Patrol, the GMC was driven by a teenager from Shannon, North Carolina (NC). Tragically, Angela Ross died from injuries she sustained in the crash.
Pedestrian accidents are far too common in North Carolina. Some advocacy groups blame the road systems for the high number of pedestrian fatalities that occur in the state each year. These groups are working with state officials to make the roadways friendlier for pedestrians and bicyclists alike. The hope is that by adding sidewalks, decreasing the distance between crosswalks, and installing better lighting less pedestrians and bicyclists will be on the roadways where they are likely to be struck by a car.
However, that process could take years. In the meantime lives are being lost on Carolina roads. As drivers there are actions we can all take to reduce the likelihood of striking a pedestrian. Most importantly, drivers should exercise caution on any roadway, especially ones located in residential areas or after nightfall when it can be difficult to spot a pedestrian. When driving, remember that pedestrians can appear quickly. Look to both sides of a crosswalk before passing and keep an eye out for pedestrians coming around parked cars or other obstacles.
By simply slowing down and paying more attention to the road we can stop needless deaths like Angela Ross.
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