NASSAU COUNTY, NY- According to Greatneckrecord.com, a pedestrian was struck and killed in Great Neck. The incident took place at about 6:21 p.m.
According to detectives the victim, a 77-year-old woman, was trying to cross the street when she was hit by a 2017 Toyota Camry that was driving south. The victim suffered multiple injuries and was rushed to a nearby hospital. A physician at the hospital later declared her dead.
The driver of the vehicle, a 61-year-old man, stayed at the scene and did not sustain any injuries.
The vehicle’s brakes were tested, and his vehicle was then returned to him. The investigation is still underway, and the name of the victim has not yet been released.
Pedestrian crashes have been increasing across the United States. In 2017, nearly 6,000 people died in pedestrian accidents making the number about the same as the previous year, but far higher than the number of deaths scene just a few years ago.
There is some indication that the number of fatalities has plateaued. However, the number has leveled off at the highest it’s been in decades.
There have been numerous theories postulated as to why there are now more people dying after being struck by cars. One theory is that the growing number of SUVs on the road is leading to more pedestrian fatalities.
SUVs are larger than cars and have higher, flatter front ends. Victims tend to be hit higher on their bodies and with more force. People who are struck by these vehicles face more severe injuries on average than people who were hit by cars.
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