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Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-run Crash; Driver Faces Charges


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According to WXII, a female pedestrian died after being hit by a car while crossing the street in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday night.

Details of Fatal Pedestrian Accident

Katricia Smith, 43, was crossing University Parkway at around 7:00 p.m. local time when the fatal crash occurred. Smith was hit by a car traveling northbound near Northwest Boulevard.

Smith died from injuries sustained during the crash, according to WXII. The driver of the car, 18-year-old Christian Burke, fled the scene following the incident.

Burke was found by officials and arrested, reports WXII. Burke is being held on $30,000 bail at the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Detention Center. He has been charged with felony hit-and-run. The crash remains under investigation.

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.
  • Eighteen percent of crashes resulting in pedestrian deaths involved a hit-and-run driver in 2014.

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