86-Year-Old Driver Kills Pedestrian in Syracuse

New York Car Accident Attorney

Car accidents involving pedestrians can result in serious injuries or death.  Unfortunately, the latter recently occurred in Syracuse and took the life of a 43-year-old woman and severely injured her 72-year-old mother.   Both women were crossing East Genesee Street when a Mazda truck driven by an 86-year-old man slammed into them.

Syracuse Pedestrian Tragedy

According to syracuse.com, a Rhode Island woman died after being hit by a Mazda pickup truck driven by 86-year-old James McDonald of Chittenango.  The deceased, a 43-year-old English professor from Rhode Island College, was walking with her 72-year-old mother on the 900 block of East Genesee Street when the truck veered into the opposite lane.

Cook was killed in the collision and her mother was in critical condition at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.  Police have not revealed whether charges will be filed against McDonald, but said that neither his age, nor driving conditions on the day of the accident, were factors.  Unfortunately, Cook’s death is only one of the over 4,000 pedestrian deaths thatoccur in the United States every year.

CDC Reports 4,280 Pedestrian Deaths In 2010

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States– and another 70,000 pedestrians were injured – in 2010.  It provided the following statistics on pedestrian accidents for 2010 – the latest data available:

  • Frequency.  There is one crash-related pedestrian death every 2 hours and an injury every 8 minutes.  Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.
  • Age.  Pedestrians ages 65 and older accounted for 19% of all pedestrian deaths and an estimated 11% of all pedestrians injured.Nearly one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 9 who were killed in traffic crashes was a pedestrian.
  • Alcohol impairment.  Alcoholimpairment, either for the driver or for the pedestrian, was reported in 47% of the traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian deaths. Of the pedestrians involved, 33% had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of greater than or equal to .08 grams per deciliter (g/dL).
  • Speeding.  Higher vehicle speeds increase both the likelihood of a pedestrian being struck by a car and the severity of injury.
  • Location.  Most pedestrian deaths occur in urban areas, non-intersection locations and at night.

Pedestrians can take steps to prevent injuries and deaths from motor vehicle crashes such as wearing reflective clothing and carrying a flashlight at night, using crosswalks and facing oncoming traffic when walking on roads.

Pedestrian Accidents Frequently Result In Death or Serious Injury

Many car accidents involving pedestrians leave victims with spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), broken bones and permanent disabilities – and pedestrian injuries often require victims to go through a lengthy rehabilitation process.

Costly medical bills, lost income and a great deal of physical – and emotional – pain and suffering will likely be the result of personal injuries involving pedestrians and motor vehicles.  If you’ve been the victim of a car accident, contact an experienced New York car accident lawyer to analyze your situation so that you can receive the compensation you are entitled to.

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