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Three Killed in California Pedestrian Accident

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Demetria Ratchford3 years ago

Authorities are investigating a fatal accident the left three people dead and several others injured Wednesday.

Details of the Fatal Pedestrian Accident

Reuters reports three people were killed and at least nine others were injured in Redondo Beach on Wednesday when a driver ploughed into a group of pedestrians leaving a holiday church service.

The accident happened when the driver drove into the crowd, who were taking the crosswalk after leaving St. James Catholic Church around 8 p.m. The driver then crashed head-on into another car.

12 people were treated by emergency workers and were then transported to hospitals. Some of the victim’s injuries were critical. 81-year-old Mary Anne Wilson and 87-year-old-Saeko Matsumura both died of their injuries as did a third pedestrian.

The driver of the vehicle was arrested on felony charges of driving under the influence and manslaughter. She is being treated for her injuries.

National Auto Accident Statistics

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

  • 33,561 people were killed in auto accidents in 2012, marking a 3.3-percent increase from the 32,479 deaths recorded in 2011.
  • Of those killed in auto accidents in 2012:
  • Alcohol was determined to be a factor in 10,322 deaths in 2012.
  • Another 2,362,000 injuries were recorded in 2012 – up from 2,217,000 in 2011


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