Grand Prairie — Pedestrian Dead After Struck by Vehicle
Posted on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 at 8:50 pm
On Sunday evening, January 27, 2019, a pedestrian was killed when she was hit by a pickup truck after she tried to cross a road in west Grand Prairie.
According to the police, the accident occurred shortly after 6:30 in the evening at Dalworth Street and a northbound frontage road of Texas State Highway 161. Tammie A. Tucker, 58, was walking westbound in the crosswalk while traffic traveling north had a green light. She tried to outrun several oncoming vehicles before she was struck by a 2016 Ford Pickup driven by a 60-year-old Grand Prairie man.
The driver of the pickup stopped and, with the help of the other witnesses, tried to revive Tucker by CPR. Unfortunately, Tucker was pronounced dead at the scene.
As of right now, no charges are expected to be filed against the driver.
It is terrible to hear of the passing of Tammie A. Tucker, but it is even more terrible to realize that she is not the first victim whose life is taken away by a car accident. Vehicular accidents like this happen quite often nowadays. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents happen almost every minute of every day, and for every 16 minutes, a car accident occurs that results in death. This can be translated to roughly about 6 million car accidents every year and 90 people dying in car accidents every day in the U.S. alone.
But car accidents are even more deadly for pedestrians. According to the estimates from the the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the number of pedestrian deaths in the United States is 6,000 in 2017. The number rose by 27% from 2007 to 2016, and it is said that the number in 2017 is a 25-year high.
Moreover, 5 states — California, Florida, New York, Arizona, and Texas — accounted for about 43% of pedestrian fatalities during the first half of 2017 even though they are home to only 30% of the U.S. population. The GHSA also reports that children and the elderly are especially vulnerable to this kind of accident.
If you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then don’t lose hope. The police will always be there for you, but more than that, car accident lawyers/personal injury lawyers are also willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.