Five-Year-Old Child Struck, Injured by Hit-and-Run Driver
About the Pedestrian Accident
Five-year-old Marquese Earls was with his brother and some friends walking along Webberville Road east of Austin when the injury accident occurred. At around 7:00 a.m. in the 3500 block, the group of kids were crossing the street when Earls was struck by a vehicle, tossing him into the air. After the collision, the motorist drove away.
KXAN reports that the child was transported to the hospital after suffering a serious concussion, facial bruising, and abrasions. Fortunately, Earls was released from the hospital after just one day.
The area where the pedestrian crash occurred was a school zone, reports KXAN. Police are still searching for the suspect vehicle, which is described as a silver or grey late 90s model Honda Accord.
Pedestrian-related Accident Statistics
The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- 4,884 pedestrians died in traffic crashes in 2014.
- On average, a pedestrian died every 2 hours and sustained injuries every 8 minutes in traffic crashes.
- Pedestrian deaths accounted for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
- Ninety percent of the pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2014 involved a single vehicle.