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Man in Wheelchair, Woman, Child Struck by Drunk Driver

crash victims being loaded into ambulance

According to the San Antonio Express-News, three pedestrians, including a child and a man in a wheelchair, sustained critical injuries when they were hit by a drunk driver in San Antonio while crossing the road on Monday night.

Driver has Previous DWI

A 49-year-old man in a wheelchair, a 30-year-old woman, and a 7-year-old boy were crossing Pleasanton Road in San Antonio at around 8:40 p.m. Police say the pedestrians were not in a designated crosswalk when Freddie Pastrano, 54, crashed into the pedestrians.

A Ford Mustang traveling in the opposite direction also struck the man in the wheelchair and the boy when they were tossed into oncoming traffic. According to the San Antonio Express-News, the three pedestrians received life-threatening injuries in the accident.

Police say all three were taken to University Hospital for treatment. The San Antonio Express-News reports that police arrested Pastrano at the scene when they discovered his intoxication.

Pastrano was found guilty of DWI in February earlier this year.

Pedestrian-related Traffic Crash Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2014, 4,884 pedestrians died in traffic crashes in the United States.
  • 65,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes in 2014.
  • Alcohol involvement – for the driver and/or the pedestrian – was reported in 48 percent of all fatal pedestrian crashes in 2014.
  • Twenty-six percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred from 6:00 to 8:59 p.m. in 2014.

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