Marlene Lorenzo, 14, was killed and her younger sister, Amy Lorenzo, 12, was critically injured in a pedestrian accident in South Los Angeles after they were struck by a large truck that was making a turn at an intersection. According to a KTLA news report, the fatal accident occurred on the morning of April 4 at the intersection of Broadway Place and 37th Street. The truck was making a turn north onto Broadway Place from 37th Street when it struck the girls. The sisters were walking near a middle school. …Read the rest »
Category: Pedestrian Accidents
The number of pedestrians killed on the nation’s roadways in 2018 was the highest in 28 years, according to a new report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). A KTLA news report states that the increase can be attributed to driver and walker distraction, alcohol and drug impairment and more SUVs on the road. The GHSA uses data reported by states for the first half of 2018 and estimates that 6,227 pedestrians were killed last year, up 4 percent from 2017 and 35 percent from 2008. …Read the rest »
A new pedestrian safety report released by Smart Growth America has ranked California as the 16th most dangerous state in the country for pedestrians. According to an article on Patch.com, the report ranked Bakersfield as the state’s deadliest metro area for pedestrians. It’s the seventh most dangerous city in the country for pedestrians with 247 fatalities during that period. …Read the rest »
Police say an unlicensed driver was looking at her cell phone when she struck and killed 65-year-old Yong Do Kim who was crossing the street in Westlake the night of Jan. 23. According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, Kim was walking in a marked crosswalk on 6th Street near MacArthur Park when the vehicle struck him. The impact of the collision caused him to be thrown 30 to 40 feet. …Read the rest »
A man is in critical condition after being shoved into the street in front of an oncoming truck in a shocking unprovoked attack. The victim – a man wearing a suit, thought to be aged in his 60s – was walking down the street in Los Angeles when the daytime attack happened. As he walked along the sidewalk, a homeless man suddenly grabbed him and pushed him into the street, right in front of an approaching truck which slammed on its brakes to avoid running over him. The victim was left pinned under the front wheel of the truck for several seconds, writhing in extreme pain. The truck quickly backed up to release him and he was rushed to hospital in critical condition. …Read the rest »
Laila Ali, the daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, struck an elderly male pedestrian with her car in a parking lot in Calabasas leaving him hospitalized with serious injuries. According to reports on TMZ and the Daily mail, the boxer turned TV star was driving in a store parking lot in Calabasas when the pedestrian accident occurred. The injured man was treated at the scene before an ambulance took him to an area hospital. He is said to be in stable condition. …Read the rest »
Children are 10 times more likely to be killed by a car on Halloween compared to any other day during the year, according to a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia. The Daily Mail reports that researchers found children between the ages of 4 and 8 are 10 times more likely to be hit by a vehicle on Halloween, and the most dangerous times for people to be struck were between 5 and 8 pm when most trick-or-treaters are out and about. Researchers also found that the risk of pedestrian accident fatalities spiked by 43 percent on Halloween compared to a week earlier or a week later.
September is observed as California Pedestrian Safety Month and the goal of this to bring down the numbers of pedestrians being injured or killed on California’s roadways. Several state agencies, law enforcement agencies and community partners statewide including here in Southern California are urging pedestrians and drivers to be aware of each other at all times and to share the road responsibly. …Read the rest »
A group of teenagers were seriously injured in a Garden Grove pedestrian accident after a vehicle struck them. According to a KTLA news report, the teens were crossing Westminster Boulevard at Kerry Street the evening of July 19 when a tan SUV crashed into them. The group of about seven teens was walking within a marked crosswalk when they were hit. Three of the youth were transported to an area trauma center for treatment. …Read the rest »
Federal Investigators Say Uber Chose to Disable Emergency Braking System Before Fatal Arizona Pedestrian Accident
The automated emergency braking system on an Uber robot test car was disabled when the vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe, Arizona, back in March, federal investigators said. According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the car’s sensor system was operating normally and a test driver was behind the wheel. But, investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board said neither the human driver nor the computer system braked the car before the collision. This preliminary finding by the NTSB raises serious questions and concerns about the state of driverless technology as more automakers and tech companies put more of these vehicles on our roadways.