Just after 8 p.m. on February 4, a driver heading north on Pacific Avenue South struck a pedestrian just south of the intersection with 138th Street South. The driver told authorities that he did not see the pedestrian before he hit her. The pedestrian died immediately.
Pedestrian fatality rates in the United States are far higher than in other industrialized countries. A recent study compared pedestrian fatalities in terms of the total distance walked. In both Germany and the Netherlands the rate was 26 deaths per billion kilometers walked, while in the United States the rate was 364 deaths per billion kilometers walked or fourteen times greater.
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