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Pedestrian Barney Brown, 79, of British Columbia, Canada Killed in Yucca Valley, California

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Driver Hits Canadian Man Crossing Highway 62

YUCCA VALLEY, California – Barney Brown, 79, of British Columbia, Canada, was struck and killed Wednesday night as he was crossing Highway 62 just west of Grand Avenue, according to a press release issued by the San Bernardino County Sheriff Coroner Department.

About 6:17 p.m., police say Brown was struck by the driver of a blue 2000 Dodge Dakota traveling eastbound in the No. 1 lane. Brown was walking in a southbound direction at the time of the pedestrian accident.

The San Bernardino County Fire Department paramedics pronounced Brown dead at the scene of the crash due to critical injuries he sustained. The pedestrian accident is under investigation by the San Bernardino Sherriff’s Department.

Under California law, drivers are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing the roadway – even if they are crossing outside of a marked intersection, said Attorney West Thomas.

“Pedestrians may not dart out into traffic, but they may cross the road outside of a marked intersection where there is no other way to cross the street,” Thomas said. “Drivers must always be alert for pedestrians and slow down and allow them time to cross the road.”

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Humberto Twobulls, 21, of Billings Montana Dies Days After Pedestrian Accident

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

WILDOMAR, California – Humberto Twobulls, 21, of Billings, Montana died early this morning just three days after being struck by a minivan as he was walking in the intersection of Clinton Keith Road and Iodine Springs Road, according to a press release issued by the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner Department.

After the crash, Humberto was transported by paramedics to the Inland Valley Medical Center where he died early Tuesday morning at 1:10 a.m., the report said. Humberto recently graduated from Billings Senior High School in 2010.

Witnesses are asked to call police during business hours at 951-245-3300.

Riverside County Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Source: California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Report

Pedestrians need to be especially cautious on our roadways because they are more vulnerable to injury or death. According to the California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Report there were 32 pedestrians killed and 349 injured in 2010 in Riverside County.

In California, there were 623 pedestrians killed and 12,668 injured in 2010, according to the CHP traffic report.

National data compiled by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Authority shows that pedestrian injuries and fatalities in the United States were up 4.9% in 2010 to 4,280 deaths and injuries were up 19% in 2010 to 70,000 people injured.

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Pedestrians are the most vulnerable victims of traffic accidents. Unlike occupants of vehicles, motorcyclists or bicyclists, they have no protection if they are hit by a vehicle.

Most people would guess that children are the most likely to be injured or killed in a car accident, but actually they are the least likely, according to National Transportation Highway Safety Administration (NTHSA) statistics.

In fact, the older you get the more likely you will be injured or killed in a pedestrian traffic accident, NTHSA statistics show.

The lowest pedestrian death rate is for children, but it gets higher and higher as people age with the highest death rate for pedestrians ages 70 years old and up. Also, over the past three decades, senior pedestrian accidents increased while other age groups have shown significant decreases. Since 1975, this age group’s pedestrian accident rate has actually grown by 77%.  Seniors ages 74 to 85 years old, however, are the most likely to be killed in a pedestrian accident.

In California, the number of seniors ages 65 years who were killed in pedestrian traffic accidents was up 4.6% in 2010 from 145 in 2009 to 150 in 2010, according to a report issued in February 2012 by the California Office for Traffic Safety.

Nationally, senior pedestrians ages 65 and older accounted for 19% (775) of all pedestrian fatalities and an estimated 8 % (5,000) of all pedestrians injured in 2009, according to the NHTSA. Yet seniors make up roughly 13% of the population, making the number of pedestrian accidents among this age group significantly high.

So why are more seniors getting injured or killed in pedestrian traffic accidents? One explanation is that many of them tend to be slower than the rest of the majority of the population. Countdown clocks at major roads allow enough time for the average adult to cross the street, but many seniors need more time to cross and impatient drivers may run them down.

“Many seniors in California are quite active and enjoy walking and getting outdoors to exercise,” said Attorney West Thomas, founder of the Thomas Law Firm. “Spending more time exercising is great, but sometimes seniors like other adults take shortcuts in unmarked crosswalks and this can be a deadly decision.”

Indeed, roughly 72% of all pedestrian accidents are killed while crossing outside of a marked intersection and 70% are killed in the nighttime, according to NHTSA.

Certainly there are risks for every pedestrian on our roadways so our drivers need to be attentive, patient and exercise caution around pedestrians – especially our seniors.

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