SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY- According to Newsday.com, a man was struck by a vehicle in Kings Park on Route 25A. The victim was identified as 27-year-old Edward Miles of Kings Park. Miles was hit by a 2001 Toyota RAV4 that was driving southbound. The incident occurred at about 5 in the morning.
Miles was taken to the Stony Brook University Hospital where he was treated for severe injuries.
The 40-year-old man driving the RAV4 was not injured in the incident.
The roadway was closed down until 8:30 a.m. Police are investigating the incident and requesting that anyone with information report to Crime Stoppers.
Pedestrian deaths have been rising in the United States. In 2016, close to 6,000 pedestrians died in vehicle accidents. The numbers show an increase of almost 50 percent over the number of people killed in 2009.
Much speculation has gone into the question of why pedestrian deaths have increased so much, with some people theorizing that pedestrians are often to blame because they are walking while staring at their phones. Little actual data has backed up the “distracted walking” theory, but another possibility that has been presented seems like a likely factor.
The automobile industry across the United States has been shifting to larger vehicles, with SUVs and trucks making up larger shares of the market. In 2017, these vehicles accounted for 63 percent of all passenger vehicles sold.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), these vehicles are more dangerous to pedestrians than are smaller cars. The larger vehicles tend to hit pedestrians higher in their bodies, with a flat, blunt surface, and they tend to hit with greater force than cars because of their higher horsepower.
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