While most Phoenix pedestrian accidents are avoidable, sometimes drivers are unable to avoid hitting a person on the street, which was the case in an accident that occurred on Sunday, September 2, 2012, according to news reports from AZ Central. The incident took place on Sunday night around 11 p.m. when a vehicle struck a woman walking in the middle of the road. According to reports from authorities on scene, the driver was not impaired but the pedestrian may have been under the influence of an undetermined substance. Three people were arrested at the scene for starting a fight after the woman was struck by the vehicle. The driver was not arrested at the time of the accident and there was no word on whether he was injured. We are deeply sorry for the family and friends of the woman who witnessed her death and hope that they are able to cope with their loss.
Phoenix Pedestrian Collision and Statewide Crash Stats
According to local news reports, Phoenix pedestrian collisions make up a large portion of the more than 31,050 car crashes that happen in the city every year, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). Nearly 130 individuals die as a result of their involvement in car accidents in the city each year and statistical data shows that an additional 16,060 individuals are injured. Statewide, data reports indicate the occurrence of more than 1,500 pedestrian collisions annually that result in the deaths of more than 150 individuals and injuries to roughly 1,255 other people. Fewer than 170 pedestrian-involved crashes result in property damage only.