Identity of Pedestrian Killed in Jacksonville Accident Released

A pedestrian killed in Jacksonville, Florida on Tuesday has been identified.

Details about the Fatal Pedestrian Accident

News 4 Jacksonville is reporting that, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, a pedestrian was hit and killed by a vehicle early on Tuesday morning.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the accident happened at about 2:40 a.m. on Southside Boulevard and Square Lake Boulevard in the area in front of the Home Depot near the Avenues Mall. Preliminary reports indicate a 50-year-old man was heading south on Southside Boulevard when the Toyota Camry he was driving hit 24-year-old Ellonce Jonathan Kemp from Carson, California.

The driver of the Toyota immediately stopped his vehicle, called police, and attempted to render aid to Kemp. Kemp was taken to the University of Florida Health Jacksonville where he died. The accident shut down all southbound lanes of Southside Boulevard near Square Lake Boulevard for about four hours.

At this time, it is not known whether or not any charges will be placed against the driver of the vehicle.

Important Information about Pedestrian Accidents

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of pedestrians involved in motor vehicle accidents every year in the United States:

  • In 2013, there were a total of 4,735 pedestrians who were killed in accidents with motor vehicles.
  • Pedestrians were about 1.5 times more likely to die in an accident than occupants of passenger vehicles in 2013.
  • In 2013, a total of about 150,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency rooms for non-fatal injuries.
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