Details of Fatal Pedestrian Accident
Dana Carver, 37, stopped to assist 33-year-old Jason Gonzales with his vehicle, which had ran out of gas on the shoulder of Interstate 20. As Carver assisted with putting gas in Gonzales’ truck, she was hit by a vehicle driving westbound at around 1:45 a.m. local time. The fatal accident occurred near the Hearne Avenue exit.
KSLA reports that Gonzales attempted first aid on the injured pedestrian, but Carver would die from her injuries. Gonzales said he was unable to get a good look at the truck that struck her.
Police arrested Gonzales at the scene of the accident for two previous warrants, theft of a vehicle, and resisting an officer, which occurred at the scene. Gonzales received treatment at University Health for minor injuries suffered in the hit-and-run collision.
Pedestrian-related Accident Statistics
The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- In 2014, 4,884 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes.
- Pedestrian deaths accounted for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
- In 2014, 90 percent of the pedestrians killed in traffic crashes involved a single vehicle.
- Eighteen percent of crashes resulting in pedestrian deaths involved a hit-and-run driver in 2014.