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Pedestrian-Car Accident leaves One Dead, One Injured


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According to WTVF, a driver sustained injuries after striking and killing a pedestrian in the roadway in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday night.

Details of Fatal Accident

The deadly pedestrian accident occurred at around 9:00 p.m. local time at the intersection of East Trinity Lane and Meridian Street. Investigators believe that William Smith, 47, was crossing East Trinity Lane outside of a crosswalk when he was hit by a car.

Officials say a motorist slowed down to allow Smith to cross the street, but a Honda Accord traveling behind the vehicle did not, instead swerving around the car. This is when the car, driven by 19-year-old Isaiah Bowman, struck and fatally injured the pedestrian.

After hitting Smith, Bowman crashed into a mailbox and through a fence before coming to a stop, according to WTVF. He was transported to Skyline Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Officials say no charges have been filed, but the investigation is ongoing.

WTVF reports that impairment does not appear to have played a role in the crash.

Pedestrian-related Traffic Crash Statistics

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

  • In 2014, 4,884 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes.
    • Pedestrian deaths accounted for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
  • In 2014, 90 percent of the pedestrians killed in traffic crashes involved a single vehicle.
  • On average, a pedestrian died every 2 hours and sustained injuries every 8 minutes in traffic crashes.

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