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High School Student Struck, Killed by Driver near School

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According to KHOU, a high school student crossing the street to his school was struck and killed by a woman in a pickup truck in Houston, Texas.

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The fatal auto accident in Houston occurred in front of MacArthur High School in the 4400 block of Aldine Mail Route at around 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday. Jose Torres, 17, crossed half of the five-lane road and stood in the turn lane into his school.

A woman in a green pickup truck with her child pulled into the turn lane, striking and killing the high school student. KHOU reports that investigators believe the woman was speeding when she struck Torres.

KHOU interviewed several locals in the area who said drivers always speed through the school zone near MacArthur. Investigators believe the woman was traveling at around 35 to 40 mph, or nearly twice the legal speed limit in the school zone. In addition, the nearest crosswalk is a quarter-mile away from the school in both directions. Torres was not in a crosswalk when he was killed.

Torres lived across the street from the school, reports KHOU. Police say they are investigating whether the school zone lights were functioning correctly at the time of the fatal crash.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

The following information is made available by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • In 2014, 4,884 pedestrians died in traffic crashes. An estimated 65,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes in 2014.
  • In 2014, nineteen percent of children 14 and younger killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.
  • More than two-thirds of the pedestrians killed in traffic crashes were males in 2014.
  • Pedestrian fatalities in 2014 were highest in California (697), followed by Florida (588) and Texas (476).

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