Safety Improvements Called After Fatal Hit-and-Run AccidentNovember 26, 2018
When a loved one is fatally injured in a car accident, it is a devastating loss for the surviving family members. When the accident is a hit-and-run, and it occurs right outside the family’s home, it is somehow even more shocking and traumatic. Unfortunately, that is what happened to a 54-year-old resident of Laurel, Maryland in October 2018. As the surviving family members grieve the loss of their loved one, they are urging drivers, pedestrians, and law enforcement officials to make safety improvements that will make the roads safer and prevent future accidents.
The accident occurred when the woman got out of her daughter’s car, which was parked on Dorsey Road in Elkridge, across the street from a relative’s house. The daughter had suggested turning around and parking on the other side of the street so that her mother did not have to cross the street, but she said no. As she crossed the two lanes of traffic, she was struck by a dump truck, and dragged along the road. The force of the impact could be heard by her relatives who were inside the house. When they came outside to see what happened, they were horrified to see who the victim was.
Neighbors who immediately came to the scene witnessed the truck driver leave the scene of the accident. In fact, police say the driver never even stopped. To keep driving as if he did not hit anything is just senseless, said one of the victim’s neighbors. However, Howard County Police reported that the driver did come forward the next morning and has been cooperating with the investigation. The accident was captured by a neighbor’s doorbell camera. The driver told police that he realized it was likely his truck struck the woman after he saw the video of the accident, which had been released to news outlets.
Steps to Avoid Pedestrian Accidents
While the victim’s family hopes that law enforcement officials will take more proactive steps to improve the safety along Dorsey Road, the following are things that all pedestrians and drivers can do to avoid such tragic accidents:
Tips for Motorists:
- Slow down
- Make eye contact with pedestrians
- Observe school bus laws
- Do not tailgate
- Use caution during inclement weather
- Do not drive drunk
Tips for Pedestrians:
- Only cross in designated areas
- Do not assume that oncoming motorists see you
- Avoid crossing in front of parked cars
- When getting out of a parked car, watch for oncoming vehicles
- Wear brightly colored clothing or use a flashlight when walking in the dark
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