Pedestrian killed in Newport collision

Story Highlights:
One dead in Newport pedestrian accident
Pedestrian collision cause under investigation

March 26, 2011, 03/26/2011
Location: Newport, Pend Oreille County, Washington
Type: Pedestrian accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One dead

On Saturday morning, a pedestrian was killed after being struck by a car on Highway 2 near Newport.

Around 3 a.m. on Saturday morning, a vehicle was heading north on Highway 2 when they collided with a pedestrian that was in the roadway.

Timothy Davis, 29, was killed instantly.

Washington State Patrol is investigating the cause of the collision.

2008 NHTSA Pedestrian Accident Statistics
In 2008, 4,378 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States — a decrease of 16 percent from the 5,228 pedestrians killed in 1998. On average, a pedestrian is killed in a traffic crash every 120 minutes and injured in a traffic crash every 8 minutes. There were 69,000 pedestrians injured in traffic crashes in 2008. Most pedestrian fatalities in 2008 occurred in urban areas (72%), at non-intersection locations (76%), in normal weather conditions (89%), and at night (70%). More than two-thirds (70%) of the pedestrians killed in 2008 were males. In 2008, the male pedestrian fatality rate per 100,000 population was 2.04 — more than double the rate for females (0.86 per 100,000 population). In 2008, the male pedestrian injury rate per 100,000 population was 24, compared with 21 for females.

Pedestrian's Right of Way
(1) The operator of a vehicle shall yield the right of way, slowing down or stopping, if need be to so yield to any pedestrian, but no pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.
(2) Whenever any vehicle slows or stops so as to yield to pedestrian traffic, the operator of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such a vehicle which has slowed or stopped to yield to pedestrian traffic.
(3) Every pedestrian crossing at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right of way to all vehicles.
(4) Where a sidewalk is provided, pedestrian shall proceed upon such a sidewalk.
See WAC 132S-50-150 for more information.

Seattle Wrongful Death Attorneys
Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of Timothy Davis and urge them to find a knowledgable wrongful death lawyer that will help settle their case and get them the compensation they deserve for suffering such a tragic loss.If you or a family member has suffered as the result of a car accident, Seattle car accident attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group, P.S. can help you. We understand the devastation that can occur as a result of being in a serious auto accident. We are committed to helping car accident, trucking accident, and motorcycle accident victims recover the just and fair compensation they are entitled to receive under the law.
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