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Two Dead in Pedestrian Accident on Highway


According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, two people were killed in an early morning accident when they were struck by a vehicle in the middle of the road.

Attempting to Find Dog

Upon arrival at approximately 4:30 a.m., officials discovered an earlier single-vehicle accident put a series of events in motion that would lead to the death of two pedestrians.

A man and woman crashed their Ford Mustang into a field on the north side of Highway 62, reports the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. The driver of the vehicle traveling westbound entered the center median and overcorrected, putting the car into a field ditch off the highway.

According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, when the two occupants exited the vehicle, their dog ran off toward the highway. As they searched for the loose dog, a second vehicle traveling westbound approached. The driver of the second vehicle swerved to avoid the dog in the roadway and struck the two people chasing after the dog.

The man and woman were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. The driver of the second vehicle was uninjured.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014, there were 4,884 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes. In addition,

  • On average, a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours and injured every 8 minutes in traffic crashes in 2014.
  • Most pedestrian fatalities occurred in the dark (72%) in 2014.
  • In 2014, 22 percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred in rural areas.
  • Texas had the third highest number of pedestrian fatalities in 2014 with 476, behind California (697) and Florida (588).

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