The driver of the vehicle was identified as 28-year-old Tiffany Upton. Upton was driving eastbound in a 2014 Infiniti when she hit a male pedestrian. The crash took place at approximately 8:50 p.m. in front of 258 Oak Street. Upton stayed at the scene of the accident. She did not suffer any injuries in the incident.
The name of the victim has not yet been released.
Police are still investigating that cause of the collision.
Pedestrian accidents are most likely to happen after sundown. According to the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA), about 74 percent of pedestrian deaths took place at night. In about 72 percent of fatal pedestrian incidents, the pedestrian was not crossing the street at a crosswalk.
One major factor in many pedestrian accidents is alcohol. The GHSA reports that 15 percent of pedestrian fatalities involve a driver who was under the influence of alcohol. A greater number of incidents are the result of pedestrians who are drunk, meaning one-third of all pedestrians killed by cars had a blood alcohol level that was above the legal limit for drivers, as in a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or greater.
While people are frequently warned not to drive while under the influence, people are less aware of the risks associated with walking while under the influence of alcohol.
Last year, around 6,000 pedestrians were killed on the road in the United States. In addition to safety awareness, roadway designs, lower speed limits, and new technology designed to detect pedestrians all may provide ways to reduce the high number of people killed by motor vehicles.
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