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Pickup Truck Strikes, Kills 73-year-old Pedestrian in Crosswalk


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According to the Clearwater Patch, a man in a wheelchair suffered from fatal injuries after a pickup truck runs into him at a crosswalk in Clearwater, Florida, on Thursday afternoon.

Details of Fatal Pedestrian Accident

The 73-year-old man attempted to cross Missouri Avenue in a motorized wheelchair when the accident occurred. Police say the pickup truck struck the man, identified as James F. Thompson, causing him fatal injuries.

Thompson was in a crosswalk when he received the fatal hit by the truck, but police say he crossed under a red light. The Clearwater Patch says the pickup truck driver was driving north in the middle lane and did have a green light.

The man received an airlift to Bayfront Hospital before succumbing to his injuries. No further information has been made available, according to the Clearwater Patch.

Information on Pedestrian Accidents

The following information is provided 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.
  • 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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