21-Year-Old Pedestrian Killed by Alleged Drunk Driver
According to The Journal News, a student at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, was walking toward campus when he was killed by a suspected drunk driver on Sunday morning.
Driver Faces Vehicular Homicide Charge
Twenty-one-year-old Robby Schartner walked along Westchester Avenue at approximately 5:00 a.m. local time when the accident occurred. Under the Anderson Hill Road overpass, a driver struck and killed Schartner.
The driver of the vehicle, 24-year-old Emma Fox, called the police herself after the incident, saying that she may have hit something, reports The Journal News. Police administered a blood-alcohol content test after the fatal crash, and Fox turned in a 0.21 – nearly three times the legal limit.
Police placed Fox under arrest and charged her with vehicular homicide and driving while intoxicated. Currently, Fox is being held at Westchester County jail.
Schartner, a junior at Manhattanville, was on the lacrosse team, according to The Journal News.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- In 2014, 4,884 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes. An estimated 65,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes in 2014.
- On average, a pedestrian was injured every 8 minutes in traffic crashes in 2014.
- In 2014, 90 percent of the pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes that involved single vehicles.
- More than two-thirds (70%) of the pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2014 were males