A tragic accident transpired recently in Daytona Beach involving a 73-year-old woman who was crossing the street at International Speedway Boulevard and Beach Street. Sources say the woman was struck at around 5:30 p.m. while crossing the road with her 72-year-old friend. Police say the vehicle involved was a Chrysler Pacifica that was being operated by an 80-year-old driver.
The Daytona Beach-News Journal reported that when the two women approached the sidewalk in an attempt to cross the road, they were both hit. The driver was said to have been making a right turn from the eastbound lanes of International Speedway Boulevard onto the southbound lanes of Beach Street when they hit the women. The 73-year-old then had to be transported to Halifax Health Medical Center and that is where she passed away from her injuries. As for the 72-year-old woman, she was lucky enough to have survived although she did sustain a cut to her lower-right leg.
Charges are now pending against the driver and the vehicle was towed from the scene to be processed as evidence for the investigation.
How Can Pedestrians Stay Safe While Out Walking in Daytona Beach?
Pedestrian accidents are on the rise in Daytona Beach which means you and your loved ones must always be vigilant while out walking or when crossing the road. It is never safe to assume that a driver sees you or will automatically give you the right of way, even when you have it. To help prevent any additional accidents from occurring, consider implementing these safety tips provided on behalf of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available. In the event there are no sidewalks, walk as far away from traffic as possible and facing traffic.
- Stay alert at all times. This means you should never let your cellphone or other electronic devices distract you.
- Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to ensure they see you before crossing the road.
- Be visible at all times. You can do this by wearing bright clothing during the day and reflective clothing at night.
- Always cross the road at intersections or crosswalks, which are the places drivers expect to see pedestrians crossing the street.
- Watch out for cars that might be entering or exiting a driveway or backing up in a parking lot.
Involved in a pedestrian-related accident in Daytona Beach, FL?
Some of the most common injuries suffered in a pedestrian-related accident include fractures, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. When an injury is severe enough, it can have long-lasting effects on a victim. If you were injured in an accident while crossing the road, contact Pappas and Russell, P.A. so that a Daytona Beach, FL personal injury attorney can explain how you can recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
Pappas and Russell, P.A. is located at:
213 Silver Beach Avenue
Daytona Beach, FL 32118