MELVILLE, NY- According to Longisland.news12.com, a man was struck by an SUV and severely injured in an accident in Melville.
According to the police reports, the man stepped out onto Route 110 just after 5 p.m. on Monday, November 19, 2018.
The victim sustained severe injuries and was transported to the Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment.
The driver was identified as an 87-year-old. No charges were filed in connection to the crash.
Studies have indicated that pedestrian deaths rose to a 28-year high. Pedestrian deaths hit a low point in 2009 but have since risen by about 46 percent.
Most pedestrian deaths take place at night and in locations without crosswalks or where crosswalks are poorly designed. Many of the collisions involve SUVs.
SUVs have come under scrutiny because their design is believed to be more dangerous to pedestrians than the design of cars. This is in part because SUVs are higher off the ground and more likely to strike a person in their chest or head, thereby causing more severe injuries than a vehicle that strikes a person lower on their body. The front of these vehicles tends to be flatter and more vertical which can also cause more severe injuries. As SUV sales increase, these vehicles are causing a higher number of pedestrian incidents.
However, SUVs are not the only reason that pedestrian deaths are on the rise. Representatives for Vision Long Island are focusing on changing roadway designs in the area in order to increase pedestrian safety. The group says that is the roads are not safe for everyone; then they are not properly functioning.
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