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Pedestrian Killed near Intersection with History of Fatal Accidents


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According to Fox 13 News, a man was struck and killed by a vehicle near an intersection with a history of crashes in Clearwater, Florida.

Not the First Death at Intersection

The intersection of Gulf-To-Bay Boulevard and Belcher Road has been the epicenter of numerous traffic-related incidents for several years. Fox 13 News reports that between January 2009 and December 2013, there were 153 crashes that occurred at the intersection.

In 2014, a crossing guard was killed at the intersection in a motor vehicle crash. According to Fox 13 News, 80,000 cars pass through the intersection daily.

The latest accident claimed the life of a man crossing near the intersection. According to ABC Action News, on Thursday morning a man was pushing an empty wheelchair across the street when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Police say he was not using the crosswalk when the accident occurred.

A Fox 13 News reporter reached out to the Florida Department of Transportation to see if changes could be made to make it safer for pedestrians at the intersection. He did not receive a response as of yet.

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).

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