FORT MEYERS, FL- According to news-press.com, a man was struck by a vehicle on Thursday, April 26, 2018, while he was attempting to cross U.S. 41. The man was rushed to Lee Memorial Hospital where he is said to be in critical condition.
The report issued by the Florida Highway Patrol states that the injured pedestrian failed to use the crosswalk and was dressed in dark clothing at the time he was hit. The driver of the Chrysler Pacifica that hit the man was 28-year-old Steven Morse from Lehigh Acres.
The victim was hit by the left side of the Chrysler, rolled onto the hood of the car and then onto the ground.
The name of the injured man has not been released. The FHP reports that there are charges pending in relation to the collision.
A report from January of 2017 indicated that Florida is the riskiest state for pedestrians. A more recent report indicates that Florida has the 5th highest number of pedestrian deaths in the United States. This is at a time when the number of pedestrian deaths nationwide are increasing. While pedestrians only made up 11% of all traffic-related fatalities a few years ago, the number has increased to 16%.
Florida is taking a number of steps to lower the risk to pedestrians in the state. The campaign involves education efforts for first responders, education for the public about safety issues, and design and engineering changes that make pedestrians more visible or to create more controlled intersections.
The cause of the increase in pedestrian fatalities is still unclear, although the Governors Highway Safety Association has speculated that the widespread use of smartphones and the loosening of marijuana laws across the country could be two contributing factors.