A 66-year-old man was hit by a vehicle last Wednesday morning as he was in a crosswalk on West Little Creek Road in Norfolk. The 57-year-old driver told police she was making a left-hand turn from Newport Avenue when she hit the victim. Police have cited the driver for failing to yield the right of way. Emergency responders transferred the victim to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
This was the second pedestrian accident in that neighborhood in less than 24 hours. The night before, a 29-year-old man was in a crosswalk when he was hit by a vehicle. Witnesses say the victim was thrown approximately 30 feet from the impact. The victim was also transported to Sentara but tragically did not survive his injuries. He was died shortly after arriving at the hospital. Norfolk Police identified the victim as Sean K. Spratling from Norfolk. They are investigating the crash and have not decided whether charges will be filed against the driver.
According to national statistics, there are about 5,000 pedestrians killed each year, and another 65,000 injured in pedestrian accidents. This means that every eight minutes, a person is hit by a vehicle in this country.
The pedestrians most at risk of being killed in these accidents are children younger than 14 and adults older than 65. And almost half of pedestrian accidents are alcohol-related.
Despite laws which mandate drivers to stop and yield to pedestrians, far too many drivers fail to follow those laws. Pedestrians who are in crosswalks have the right of way, but as these two pedestrian accidents in Norfolk demonstrate, drivers’ failures often end up with tragic consequences.
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