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Man Killed in Buna Pedestrian Accident

Authorities are investigating an auto-pedestrian accident that left one dead near Buna, Texas Monday evening.

Details of the Buna Pedestrian Accident

According to Fox 4 in Beaumont, 35-year-old Chad Wayne Drake of Kountze was fatally struck by a passenger vehicle on US 96 around 10 pm Monday.

Authorities have determined that Drake was walking southbound on US 96 when he was struck from behind by a vehicle traveling in the outside lane.

The driver, 68-year-old June Maricle of Buna, remained on the scene and was not injured in the crash.

The incident remains under investigation.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • TxDOT recorded 3,377 traffic-related deaths in 2013, marking a 1.05-percent decrease from the 3,413 deaths reported in 2012.
  • 1,883 of the deaths occurred in rural areas of the state and pedestrian fatalities accounted for 485 deaths.
  • Another 232,041 people were injured in auto accidents in 2013 with 89,270 people sustaining serious injuries.
  • Based on available crash data for 2013, TxDOT estimates one person was killed in an auto accident in Texas every 2 hours and 36 minutes and another person was injured every 2 minutes and 16 seconds.

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