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Man Faces Charges After Crashing into Car, Striking Three Pedestrians


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According to the Observer-Dispatch, an alleged drunk driver crashed into another car before hitting three pedestrians on the sidewalk in Buffalo, NY, earlier this month.

Details of the Pedestrian Accident

Abdikadir M. Jaffar, 31, was driving his Toyota Prius on Richmond Avenue near Bryant Street when the injury accident occurred. Jaffar crashed into another car before driving off the road and onto the sidewalk.

The Observer-Dispatch reports that three teenaged pedestrians walking along the sidewalk were hit by the car. One of the victims reportedly lost a leg in the accident, and another teen sustained a fractured pelvis in the crash.

Officials say Jaffar tried to flee the scene of the accident on foot, but a witness to the incident apprehended him until police arrived. The drunk driver told police he had been drinking at a party prior to the accident. The Observer-Dispatch reports that Jaffar faces two counts of felony vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated, and other driving offenses.

Pedestrian-related Traffic Crash 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.
  • Eighteen percent of crashes resulting in pedestrian deaths involved a hit-and-run driver in 2014.
  • Pedestrian deaths accounted for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
  • Alcohol involvement – for the driver and/or the pedestrian – was reported in 48 percent of all fatal pedestrian crashes in 2014.

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