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Pedestrian, 48, Struck and Killed by Reckless Driver in Charlotte


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According to WCNC, a 48-year-old pedestrian dies after being hit by a car driven by a reckless driver in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Monday.

Details of the Fatal Pedestrian Crash

Robert Melton, 48, was walking near the intersection of Independence Boulevard and Village Lake Drive when the accident happened. Melton attempted to cross the street when he was struck by a car passing through the intersection.

The car was driven by 38-year-old Wayne Eric Daniel, reports WCNC. Officials say Melton was crossing the road outside of a crosswalk when he was struck. In addition, the man was wearing dark colored clothing. Daniel was not impaired by alcohol or drugs at the time of the wreck, according to police.

After further investigation, police believed Daniel was speeding through the intersection in a careless, reckless manner. WCNC reports that Daniel was arrested and charged on Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter and reckless driving. Officials say the investigation is active and ongoing.

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.
  • Pedestrian deaths accounted for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
  • Ninety percent of the pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2014 involved a single vehicle.

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