FRANKLIN SQUARE, NY – According to Newday.com, a woman was killed while crossing the Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. The victim was identified as an 86-year-old woman. Reports indicate that the woman was struck by a 1997 Jeep Wrangler at around 6:19 in the evening.
The victim was taken to a local hospital where she was declared dead. The man driving the Jeep remained at the scene of the accident, and his vehicle underwent a safety check.
Police are requesting that anyone with information about the accident to please come forward.
Deadly pedestrian accidents have been happening more often in the United States. One of the main reasons for the increase in pedestrian crashes is that larger vehicles are becoming more popular than smaller vehicles.
SUVs and pickup trucks are outselling sedans so much that many automobile manufacturers are ceasing to manufacture sedans for the US market. While the larger vehicles often come with additional protections for vehicle occupants, these vehicles present major risks to pedestrians. A person struck by a sedan is often going to be hit in their lower extremities. A person hit by a taller, larger SUV is more likely to suffer injuries to their head or torso. These injuries are more often fatal than injuries to a person’s lower half of their body.
Fortunately, newer vehicles may soon come equipped with technology capable of detecting pedestrians and applying the brakes if the vehicle is getting too close to a pedestrian. While lower speed limits and attentive drivers can make the roads safer for pedestrians, this technology might be the best way to reduce pedestrian accidents.
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