A 52-year-old homeless man, identified as Matthew H., was killed following a multi-vehicle collision in Ventura on Sunday night, November 19, 2023.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the fatal collision occurred at about 9:45 p.m. in the No. 1 lane of the southbound 101 Freeway north of Seaward Avenue.
The man in dark-colored clothing was struck by a 25-year-old man driving a 2019 Ford Ranger. After coming to rest in the lane of the freeway, the victim was struck by two other unknown vehicles before being rescued.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that multiple blunt force injuries caused his death.
Authorities reported the vehicle traveled at a speed of 65 to 70 mph. The driver stayed at the scene to cooperate with the officers in their investigation.
Neither of the other two vehicles involved was given any details. The collision is still under investigation, so further information is not available.
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Fatal Pedestrian Accident Statistics
According to a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, hit-and-run accidents caused 24% of pedestrian fatalities in 2020. Deaths from pedestrians increased by 46.2% between 2011 and 2020, while deaths from other traffic increased by 14.4%.
The number of pedestrian deaths between 2019 and 2020 has increased by 3.9%, in spite of the fact that there have been 13.2% fewer vehicles on the roads during that same period.
In 2021, 7,388 pedestrians and 961 bicyclists were killed in motor vehicle crashes, while approximately 60,000 pedestrians and 41,000 bicyclists were injured. Approximately 2% of crash fatalities were caused by bicyclists, and about 17% were caused by pedestrians.