Pedestrians struck on West End
December 6, 2012
Two pedestrians struck and injured at corner of West End and 21st Av.
The two people were crossing the street when officials say someone turning into the parking lot of a construction lot hit them. One person is in critical condition. The other is in non-critical condition.
The pedestrians were reported as being outside of a crosswalk when they were struck.
There were 4,882 pedestrian fatalities and 78,000 pedestrian injuries resulting from traffic crashes in the US in 2001.
According to Pedestrian Crash Types: A 1990s Informational guide, just under 60% of pedestrian crashes occur when a pedestrian is crossing the street at a mid-block location or at an intersection.
According to Cui and Nambisan, from a paper entitled Methodology for Evaluating the Safety of Midblock Pedestrian Crossings (2001) conducted in Nevada from 1993-1997, 55% of fatal pedestrian crashes and 28% of all injury pedestrian crashes occurred at 'crossings - not at intersection'. Identified reasons for mid-block crossings included complex and inconvenient intersections and long cycle lengths for cross walks. Of special note, this study also found that even when a pedestrian was crossing with the right-of-way, right turning vehicles that should yield and also left turning vehicles with permitted turn phasing still have potential conflicts with pedestrians.