Teen Girl Struck by Car while Walking to School
Details of Pedestrian Accident
Eighth-grade student Kylie Linville was on her normal walk to Dempsey Middle School at around 7:00 a.m. when the accident occurred. Officials say Linville was attempting to cross Troy Road near Barrett Street when she was struck by a vehicle while in the crosswalk.
The impact caused damage to the car’s hood and windshield as it tossed Linville to the east, reports The Columbus Dispatch. Linville was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital but was soon taken to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in very serious condition.
The driver of the car said she failed to see the 13-year-old until it was too late. Skid marks on the road indicate that the woman attempted to brake before striking the child. According to The Columbus Dispatch, the woman said she was traveling below the posted 20 mph speed limit at the time of the collision.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that officials have not charged the driver, pending the completion of a crash reconstruction.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- 4,884 pedestrians died in traffic crashes in 2014.
- On average, a pedestrian died every 2 hours and sustained injuries every 8 minutes in traffic crashes.
- Pedestrian deaths accounted for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
- Ninety percent of the pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2014 involved a single vehicle.