Posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 at 1:36 pm
LAKE ELSINORE, California â€“ Anthony Devaney, 19, of Lake Elsinore was killed Tuesday night after he was struck by an SUV while crossing Lake Street just west of Interstate 15, according to a San Bernardino County Sheriff Coroner report.
According to the report, Devaney was wearing dark clothing as he walked north across the eastbound lane of Lake Street about 10:10 p.m. Also, the report indicated that he was allegedly wearing ear buds at the time the SUV struck him. The driver of the vehicle was unable to slow down quickly enough to stop by the time they saw the pedestrian in the roadway. The driver cooperated with investigators and was later released from the police station, the report said.
The roadway was closed for the investigation of the pedestrian accident, but it reopened at approximately 4:00 a.m.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
Source: California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Report
Pedestrians need to be especially cautious on our roadways because they are more vulnerable to injury or death. According to the California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Report, in San Bernardino County 39 pedestrians died and 472 were injured in 2009.
In California, there were 598 pedestrians killed and 12,418 injured in 2009, according to the CHP traffic report.
National data compiled by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Authority shows that pedestrian injuries and fatalities in the United States were up 4.9% in 2010 to 4,280 deaths and injuries were up 19% in 2010 to 70,000 people injured.
San Bernardino County Law Firm
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