According to the report, the student was in a crosswalk at 199th Avenue East at 104 Street when a car driven by a female high school student hit him. The driver was traveling at a slow speed and she applied her brakes so the force of the impact was not bad. The pedestrian suffered minor injuries.
The weather conditions were described as “dark, rainy and windy with poor visibility.”
The driver was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. Washington State vehicle code RCW 46.61.235 states that a driver shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian or bicycle to cross the roadway within an unmarked or marked crosswalk.
Daylight saving time ends on November 7, 2010 at 2:00am which should improve the visibility of students walking to school. Until then, both pedestrians and drivers should pay close attention in the early morning hours since fall mornings are dark in the Northwest.
Pedestrian accident fatalities have been decreasing over the past few years. In 2008, there were 4,378 people killed in pedestrian accidents. Nearly 20% of pedestrian deaths in 2008 were hit-and-run accidents.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in pedestrian accidents and the family of those killed. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.
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