Source: Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner press release
INDIO, California – Pedestrian Ernest Clark, 84, Moreno Valley was struck by a semi-tractor trailer truck Tuesday night as he stood next to his stopped sports utility vehicle at the shoulder of the westbound Interstate 10 freeway near the Cactus City Rest Area east of Indio, according to a press release by the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner.
Clark was struck about 10:45 p.m. on the freeway just west of Frontage Road. Paramedics responding to the scene of the pedestrian accident transported him by Mercy Air Ambulance to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs where he died of his injuries about 12:40 a.m.
The report did not indicate why Clark was parked on the side of the road, but California Highway Patrol is investigating the pedestrian accident to determine what exactly happened.
“Pedestrians on freeways are extremely vulnerable to being struck by cars,” said Attorney West Thomas, founder of the Thomas Law Firm. “It’s always safest to remain in your disabled vehicle until help arrives at the scene whether you are on a freeway or other roadway.”
Police officers will gather evidence using photographs, skid marks and other calculations to determine how the accident happened and whether the driver or the pedestrian was at fault in this tragic crash.
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. There were two pedestrians killed and 21 others injured in car accidents in Palm Springs in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Report. In Riverside County 39 pedestrians died and 370 were injured in 2009.
In California, there were 598 pedestrians killed and 12,418 injured in 2009, 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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