Sacramento Roads Shut Down Following Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident
Both east and westbound lanes of traffic on Marconi Avenue were shut down for much of Wednesday morning as Police and emergency responders worked to investigate a deadly hit-and-run accident that left a pedestrian fatally injured. The investigation is ongoing, but California Highway Patrol authorities have announced that they are seeking the driver of a red sedan in relation to this deadly and senseless act of negligence.
According to authorities, the accident occurred near the intersection of Marconi Avenue and Calderwood Lane at approximately 7am on Wednesday, June 3rd. Witnesses reported that the pedestrian, a 54-year-old man, was simply following his daily routine of walking across Marconi Avenue to get his morning coffee when he was struck. This tragic accident has provoked anger and frustration from Sacramento residents, especially the friends and family of the victim and witnesses that saw the sedan's driver strike the man, exit his car, grab his front bumper from off the street, and then drive away as if nothing had happened.
Police are asking residents to be on the lookout for a red sedan with significant damage to, or even possibly missing, its front bumper. If you believe you may have information relevant to the investigation, Police are urging citizens to call their tip line at 916-847-TIPS (8477).
Pedestrian safety is a major issue in California and throughout the United States. The Center for Disease Control estimates that in 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes, and another 76,000 were injured. Here are some more eye-opening statistics that demonstrate just how serious this problem has become:
• The Center for Disease Control (CDC) tracks all types of statistics related
to traffic collisions, and pedestrian deaths. According to the CDC's
California had the highest amount of pedestrian fatalities in the country
in 2012, with 612 deaths.
• Nationwide, nearly 1 out of every 5 pedestrians that was killed in a vehicle collision were the victim of a hit-and-run driver.
• Evening and night are the most dangerous times for pedestrians. The CDC estimates that 32% of pedestrian fatalities occur between 8 and 11:59pm. In order to help avoid a dangerous situation, pedestrians walking, running or biking after dark are urged to wear bright, reflective clothing to help alert motorists to their presence on the road.
The safety of pedestrians is paramount, not only in California, but across the entire United States. We all have the right to walk, jog, or bike and arrive safely at our destination.
At Del Rio & Carichoff, Sacramento Car Accident and Personal Injury law firm, we work hard to protect the rights of victims harmed through no fault of their own.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you will need an experienced legal team on your side that will fight to protect your rights.
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