A 45-year-old woman, Michele Jozefiak, was killed on Thursday as she was crossing a downtown Seattle street.
According to a police report, Jozefiak was crossing Seneca Street and 5th Avenue assisted by a walker when she was struck by a truck driver.
Jozefiak was taken to Harborview Medical Center where she died of head injuries and injuries to her lower extremities.
Police are investigating the accident and interviewed the truck driver. Early police reports indicate that the motorist did not appear to be intoxicated at the time of the accident.
Approximately every year, nearly 5,000 pedestrians are killed and another 76,000 are injured in pedestrian accident. The average age of pedestrians killed in traffic accidents is 46 years of age. In nearly 50% of all traffic accidents involving a pedestrian fatality, alcohol is a factor.
There are many other factors that can contribute to a pedestrian accident. Driver negligence including the following can also contribute to pedestrian fatalities:
- Driver inattention or distraction
- Failing to observe speed limits
- Failing to yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks, either marked or unmarked
- Driver disregard of traffic signals.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in crosswalk and pedestrian accidents and the family of those who have been killed.
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