Pedestrian Dies after Dragged by Tractor-trailer in Los Angeles


semi-truck driving on highway

According to KTLA, a male pedestrian was struck and killed by an 18-wheeler in Los Angeles, California, early Friday morning.

Details of the Pedestrian-Semi Crash

The accident occurred at approximately 12:30 a.m. near the intersection of Merchant Street and 7th Street. The semi-truck was driving north on Merchant and turning onto 7th when the truck struck the pedestrian, causing him to be wedged between the rear tires.

According to police, the pedestrian was dragged for around 25 feet before the tractor-trailer operator pulled over. KTLA reports that the man died at the scene. According to LAist, the victim was a 30-year-old white male.

The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the cause of the fatal accident. LAist reports that the truck driver has not been cited or arrested and is cooperating with the police.

Trucking Accident Statistics

The following information regarding large-truck crashes is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2014, 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks.
    • 10 percent of these fatalities were nonoccupants, such as pedestrians or bicyclists.
  • An estimated 111,000 people sustained injuries in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
  • In 2014, large trucks accounted for eight percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes.

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