On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, a 74-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by an 86-year-old driver. The accident occurred at approximately 6:36 p.m. at a time when the pedestrian was crossing Gulfport Boulevard, east of Beach Boulevard, in Gulfport, Florida. The driver was traveling eastbound at the time of the incident.
Florida Pedestrian Fatalities Double the National Average
Based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Traffic Safety Facts reports, Florida had the highest pedestrian fatality rate among all states in 2011, 2.60 pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 persons. Further, according to the Florida Pedestrian and Bicycle Strategic Safety Plan, prepared by The Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of Southern Florida, the 2011 Florida pedestrian fatality rates were nearly double the national average. In Pinellas County alone there were 483 accidents involving pedestrians resulting in the death of 36 individuals in 2015.
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