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Woman Killed, 8-year-old Son Injured in Pedestrian-Car Crash


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According to WRAL, a woman sustained fatal injuries after she and her son were hit by a car while walking in the street in Benson, North Carolina, on Thursday morning.

Details of the Fatal Pedestrian Accident

Maria Aguilar Suarez, 34, her eight-year-old-son, Juan Almanza, and her seven-year-old daughter were on their way to the school bus stop when the accident occurred. A 49-year-old motorist crashed into the pedestrians on Barberry Drive at around 8:30 a.m. local time, trapping them underneath her car.

WRAL reports that the mother and son were taken to WakeMed with serious injuries. Suarez was later pronounced dead from injuries sustained in the collision. The eight-year-old survived the wreck but sustained a broken jaw and cuts on his head. Officials say Almanza is expected to recover. The seven-year-old girl was not injured.

The driver claimed the sun light blinded her and inhibited her view of the pedestrians. Officials say the driver will not faces charges despite driving without a license. According to WRAL, on private roads, driving without a license is permitted by law, but other charges against the driver may be pending.

Pedestrian-related Crash Statistics

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

  • 4,884 pedestrians died in traffic crashes in 2014.
  • 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.

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