PINELLAS COUNTY, FL – According to Tbreporter.com, a man from Largo was killed in a pedestrian incident in Pinellas Park when he was hit by a car while he attempted to cross Park Boulevard.
The victim was identified as 60-year-old Thomas Mercurio. Mercurio was rushed to the Bayfront Health St. Petersburg after the accident but died from his injuries.
The incident happened where Park Boulevard intersects with 75th Street North.
Police report that Mercurio was crossing from the south side of Park Boulevard to the north when he was hit by a 2014 Hyundai. Police state that the driver was not speeding at the time of the crash.
It is reported that Mercurio died at the crash scene, was revived in the ambulance, and then passed away at the hospital later.
Fatal pedestrian accidents have been increasing in the United States. Thanks to an improving economy and cheaper gasoline, there have been more cars on the roads in recent years, which makes the chances of pedestrian incidents more likely. Additionally, Americans are increasingly buying larger vehicles such as SUVs rather than sedans. When a person is struck by an SUV, the injuries are more likely to be severe than they are with a car because SUVs hit higher on the person’s body and therefore hit a person’s head or torso instead of the individual’s lower extremities.
Numerous other factors have been considered as causes for the high number of pedestrian crashes, including the legalization of recreational marijuana. There is some indication that states that have made marijuana legal have experienced high numbers of pedestrian accidents.
Better designed roads and lower speed limits can greatly lower the number of pedestrian accidents and the likelihood of accidents resulting in deaths.
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