11-Year-Old Killed in Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Accident
Authorities investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident that left a 11-year-old boy dead in Denver, Colorado have arrested a suspect in Auroroa.
Suspect Arrested in Connection to Fatal Accident
An uncle of the young boy told reporters that his nephew was walking to his mother’s house with his 14-year-old cousin when he was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver on Federal Boulevard over West Colfax Avenue.
The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.
Early reports indicated that police were searching for a dark blue Dodge Charger – both the vehicle’s front bumper and front license plate were left at the scene.
The vehicle was found shortly after at an Aurora home. Police arrested Oswaldo Lopez on suspicion of vehicular homicide.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
- According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4,280 pedestrians were killed on U.S. roadways in 2010 – roughly one death every 2 hours.
- In addition, another 70,000 pedestrians were injure – one injury every 8 minutes.
- With each outing, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car crash than an occupant in a passenger vehicle.
- In 2010, roughly one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 9 killed in a auto accident was a pedestrian.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
- The CDC recommends that pedestrians wear retro-reflective clothing or carrying flashlights to increase their visibility at night.
- Pedestrians should remain on a sidewalk whenever possible. In the absence of a sidewalk, the CDC recommends that pedestrians walk facing traffic.
- Pedestrians should avoid crossing the street outside of designated crossing areas whenever possible.