SUFFOLK COUNTY, Long Island, N.Y. — A 35-year-old man is dead after a 45-year-old woman driving a 2011 Buick Regal sedan struck him while he was walking. The accident reportedly happened around 5:55 a.m. on a Saturday. The Suffolk County Police launched an investigation and detectives from the Sixth Squad have asked for the public’s help by coming forward with information about the crash according to LongIsland.com. Sadly, pedestrian fatalities are becoming all-too common in New York State. Spectrum Local News reported that New York ranked sixth in the nation for most pedestrian crashes in 2018.
Suffolk Police assigned to the Sixth Squad reported that the female operator of a 2011 Buick Regal sedan hailing from Middle Island struck and killed the pedestrian as he was walking on Miller Place-Yaphank Road. Suffolk Police detectives are combing the area looking for clues as to what happened. As a result, they have asked for public assistance to complete their investigation.
Rescue personnel raced the badly injured man to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Fort Jefferson. Unfortunately, the man lost his life in this accident. The female driver was not hurt.
The Governor’s Highway Safety Association released grim statistics about pedestrian deaths in 2018. The number of pedestrians killed in the U.S. reached 6,200, which is the highest in the country since 1990. The State of New York ranked as the sixth-most deadly. The study also provided some insight as to why the bodies keep stacking along our roads. The data shows that people pay too much attention to electronic devices and an insufficient amount of attention to driving or walking.
Teen drivers contribute to a substantial number of traffic accidents caused by driver inattention. Oddly enough, older drivers who are confused by all of the electronic gadgets in their cars are equally as distracted. Drivers between the ages of 55 and 75 take about 40 seconds to complete a task with an on-board navigation system. Comparatively, a person between 21 and 35 needs 32 seconds. However, an accident can happen in two seconds when a driver is distracted.
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