An older woman was killed after getting hit by a passing vehicle in Santa Ana on Tuesday morning, February 23.
According to the initial reports from local authorities, the accident occurred around noon in Sullivan and Willits Streets. The older woman was attempting to cross the street on a marked crosswalk when she was suddenly struck by a southbound vehicle.
The elderly pedestrian sustained life-threatening injuries from the crash. She was immediately rushed to an area hospital.
Unfortunately, the older woman later succumbed to her injuries while undergoing treatment. She was pronounced dead.
The driver reportedly left the scene after hitting the woman, but authorities could later find him near his home. It is unclear whether the driver was aware that he hit the woman.
No arrests have been made at the moment. Intoxication was not considered a factor in the accident. Local authorities are currently investigating the crash. They will attempt to determine the factors and the liability in the accident.
Fatal Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Pedestrian accidents are unlike other types of accidents just because pedestrians have no protection in an accident. Those who are riding in cars are in vehicles that weigh an average of at least 4,000 pounds and have seat belts and airbags to protect them.
Pedestrians currently make up a large percentage of traffic fatalities in the past 33 years. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. have increased by 27 percent from 2007-2016, while other traffic-related deaths decreased by 14 percent.
Pedestrian accidents often lead to severe injuries and even death to those who are unlucky enough to be involved in such an accident. Some common reasons for pedestrian accidents are negligent driving, speeding, and drivers failing to yield to pedestrians.
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