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Jasper County Pedestrian Killed in Thursday Night Accident

Jonathan Hernandez7 months ago

A pedestrian was killed in a fatal accident that happened in Jasper County.

Details about the Fatal Pedestrian Accident

The Examiner is reporting that a late night pedestrian accident took the life of a man from Buna on April 27, according to a news release from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Stephanie Davis reported that the crash happened at approximately 11:30 p.m. along US 96 and CR 722 in Jasper County, when a 2013 Dodge Avenger was heading south on US 96 and approaching CR 722. A pedestrian was attempting to cross US 96, when he was hit by the Dodge.

The pedestrian has been identified as 26-year-old Jeremy Widener, of Buna. Widener was transported to the Jasper Memorial Hospital with serious injuries via ambulance. After arriving at the hospital, Widener was later pronounced dead just before 1 a.m. The driver of the Dodge was not injured in the accident.

Important Information about Pedestrian Accidents

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of pedestrians that happen every year in the United States:

  • In 2013, there were a total of 4,735 pedestrians who were killed in motor vehicle accidents in the United States.
  • More than 150,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency rooms for non-fatal injuries sustained in traffic accidents in 2013.
  • Pedestrians were 1.5 times more likely to die in a traffic accident than occupants of motor vehicles. 

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