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Teenager Strikes, Kills Fellow Student Crossing Street in Pedestrian-Car Collision


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According to CBS Detroit, a 14-year-old girl was struck and killed by another high school student while crossing the street in Macomb, Michigan, on Friday morning.

“A Tragedy…Especially when it’s Young Kids.”

Police say Victoria Cartwright, 14, was walking or crossing Heydenreich Road at Vine Drive at around 7:00 a.m. when the accident occurred. As Cartwright crossed the street, a 16-year-old girl heading to the same high school crashed into her with her Jeep Wrangler.

CBS Detroit reports that Cartwright sustained life-threatening injuries and died at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital. The 16-year-old driver of the Jeep, and a 16-year-old passenger, did not sustain any injuries in the pedestrian accident.

Officials are still investigating the incident, saying it’s too early to determine the cause of the fatal crash, including distracted driving. Officials went on to say that the area is especially dark at 7:00 a.m., around the time the accident occurred, according to CBS Detroit.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 90 percent of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2014 involved single vehicles.
  • Pedestrian deaths accounted for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2014.
  • 4,884 pedestrians died in traffic crashes in 2014.

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