One Pedestrian Killed, One Injured After Being Hit by Car in Pomfret
Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jul 05, 2017 in Pedestrian Accidents
Two pedestrians were hit by a car in a fatal crash on Route 44 in Pomfret on Tuesday night, according to state police. A 35-year-old woman was killed and a 16-year-old was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Police said the victims were in the westbound lanes of the road at the time of the collision tending to their dog, which had been hit by another vehicle.
The two were hit by a vehicle traveling in the westbound lanes around 10:40 p.m.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the teen suffered serious head trauma.
Route 44 was closed for several hours while police investigated the scene. Anyone with information about the crash is encouraged to contact Troop D in Danielson by calling (860) 779-4900, ext. 2052.
Those who were injured or lost a loved one after being hit by a vehicle may have legal options. Do not hesitate to contact our experienced team of Waterbury car crash lawyers to learn more. Call (866) 848-7077 or complete a Free Case Evaluation form.
Pedestrian Safety in Connecticut
Preliminary data from the Governors Highway Safety Administration shows that traffic deaths throughout Connecticut and the U.S. increased significantly in the first half of 2016.
Pedestrian fatalities increased 11 percent nationwide and 33 percent in Connecticut. This increase is despite local, state and national efforts to reduce pedestrian crashes.
Although pedestrian laws in Connecticut require that motorists exercise caution and care near pedestrians, it is the responsibility of both motorists and pedestrians to help avoid collisions.
Pedestrian Safety Tips
The Connecticut Department of Transportation provides these safety tips for pedestrians sharing the road with motorists:
- Make sure you are seen by motorists by wearing bright, reflective clothing and carrying a flash light, especially at night
- Never run into the street
- Look both ways before entering the street
- Never assume a driver sees you and will stop for you
- Put away any distractions
- Obey all crossing signals and traffic rules
- Use sidewalks and crosswalks whenever possible
- If no sidewalk is available, stay as close to the right side of the road as possible
Motorist Tips for Preventing Pedestrian Crashes
Motorists can help prevent collisions with pedestrians by:
- Putting away any distractions and focusing solely on the road
- Remembering that pedestrians can be unpredictable and using caution when near pedestrian areas
- Anticipating the moves of pedestrians and other vehicles
- Following the speed limit and other rules of the road
- Yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks and throughout the road
- Never driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
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Pedestrian crashes can lead to serious, often fatal, injuries because pedestrians have no protection from large vehicles.
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