Pedestrian accidents often leave the pedestrian seriously injured, simply because that person is unprotected against the impact of a collision with a large, heavy vehicle. Even a low-speed impact can have detrimental consequences, and drivers have the responsibility of being cautious and aware of pedestrians and other vulnerable individuals.
A tragic accident occurred this past week in Panama City Beach. A pair of Panama City Beach teenagers were hit by a truck while walking. It happened last Wednesday evening on Alf Coleman Road near the intersection of Back Beach Road. Specifically, a 16-year-old and 15-year-old were walking with their backs to oncoming traffic. A Chevy Silverado truck driven by a 37-year-old male hit them. Officials say the teens were not wearing any reflective clothing.
Unintentional pedestrian injuries are on the rise, just last week the Northwest Florida Daily News reports that a 12-year-old girl and 18-year-old woman were injured Tuesday when they were hit by a car while crossing Eglin Parkway. They were crossing in a crosswalk near Ninth Avenue when a vehicle turning south onto Eglin struck them. The crash is under investigation, but Cash said the driver's view might have been obstructed by traffic. The 18-year-old was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. The 12-year-old was taken to a Pensacola hospital with head trauma.