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Texas Department of Public Safety Identifies Pedestrian Victim

Jonathan Hernandez8 months ago

The victim in a fatal pedestrian accident has been identified by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Details about the Fatal Pedestrian Accident

KFDM is reporting that the Texas Department of Public Safety received reports about an auto-pedestrian accident on Interstate 10 at mile marker 961 in Orange County. The accident involved a tractor-trailer.

According to police, the accident happened when a 2012 Ford truck tractor semi-trailer was heading west on Interstate 10. A pedestrian was attempting to cross the westbound traffic lanes of Interstate 10 when he was hit by the 18-wheeler.

The pedestrian, who has been identified as 60-year-old Barry Gene Briggs, of Vidor, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the tractor trailer, 38-year-old Randy Thompson, was not injured in the accident.

Due to the accident, Interstate 10 near mile marker 861 was reduced down to just one lane. All lanes of traffic in the area were reopened within two hours.

An investigation into the accident remains ongoing.

Important Information about Pedestrian Accidents

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of pedestrians every year in the United States:

  • In 2013, there were a total of 4,735 pedestrians who were killed in motor vehicle accidents.
  • Pedestrian fatalities in 2013 accounted for a total of 14 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities.
  • There were a total of about 66,000 pedestrians who were injured in motor vehicle accidents in 2013.

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