Driver Turned Himself In to Police
Fadel Thelisdort, 32, struck the pedestrian while driving on State Road 7. Police say the female pedestrian attempted to cross the road when she was struck by the tow truck. Local10 reports that Thelisdort had a green light at the time.
After hitting the pedestrian, Thelisdort drove off. He faces a charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving death, according to Local10.
Police identified the tow truck from the pieces of the truck left behind at the scene and with help from witnesses. According to Local10, Thelisdort said he left the scene because he didn’t who what else he could do.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
The following information is made available by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- In 2014, 4,884 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes. An estimated 65,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic crashes in 2014.
- In 2014, nineteen percent of children 14 and younger killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.
- More than two-thirds of the pedestrians killed in traffic crashes were males in 2014.
- Pedestrian fatalities in 2014 were highest in California (697), followed by Florida (588) and Texas (476).