According to New York State Police Troopers, a 54-year-old Penfield man lost his life when he was struck and killed in a Watertown pedestrian accident. The accident happened in the evening at the intersection of State Route 3 and Pioneer Plaza Drive.
State Troopers report that a 35-year-old man driving his 2003 Cadillac Deville on State Route 3 struck and killed the 54-year-old Penfield man, as observed by an eyewitness.
The impact of the collision caused the Penfield man to suffer “multiple traumatic injuries.” The man was alive at the scene of the accident and was quickly transported by Watertown Ambulance to Samaritan Medical Center. Unfortunately, the Penfield man did not survive the accident, and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
According to State Troopers, alcohol and/or drugs likely did not play a role in the cause of this accident, and an investigation is ongoing, with no additional details currently available.
Tips for Avoiding Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrians are in a vulnerable position when attempting to cross any street, regardless of how busy the street is on a given day. Even the quietest of streets can prove to be dangerous if a pedestrian is in the wrong place at the wrong time as a speeding driver passes by. Because pedestrian accidents can happen anywhere, with a significant number of such accidents being fatal, pedestrians should do everything they can to avoid being the next victim.
Tips pedestrians should consider when attempting to cross a street include, among others, the following:
- Always utilize a designated crosswalk – While it may be convenient to cross a street at any point, choosing to cross at a designated crosswalk is the safest way to reduce the chances of being involved in an accident.
- Do not text or talk on the phone while walking across a street – Distracted driving contributes to many traffic accidents. Similarly, many pedestrian accidents happen, at least in part, because some pedestrians may be texting or talking on the phone when crossing the street.
- Choose to cross streets that have crosswalks and are well lit – This may be easier said than done, but walking in well-lit areas, especially at night, can ensure drivers have the most visibility to see a pedestrian walking by. Many pedestrian accidents happen at night when visibility is low.
- Walk with others – If possible, pedestrians should walk with others when crossing a street.Drivers are more likely to slow down and be cautious when multiple people are walking across the street. Strength in numbers can help to prevent a catastrophic pedestrian accident.
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