Date: September 2, 2011, 09/02/2011
Location: Seattle, King County, Washington
Type: Pedestrian accident
Outcome: One dead
A pedestrian was killed in a collision in Seattle on Friday night.
Around 11:15 p.m. a 58-year-old man attempted to cross Interstate 5 underneath the Convention Center towards Capitol Hill when he was struck by a Nissan Front Runner driven by a 21-year-old man.
The 58-year-old died at the scene.
Washington State Department of Transportation closed three lanes of I-5 and the Olive Way ramp for about two hours after the collision. There has been no information released about the collision, the investigation is ongoing.
Seattle Fatal Accident Statistics for 2009
- Fatal accident count: 29
- Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 38
- Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 11
- Fatalities: 30
- Persons involved in fatal accidents: 74
- Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 17
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
- Pedestrian Deaths in 1995: 5,584
- Pedestrian Deaths in 2005: 4,881 (NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts)
- Pedestrian Injuries in 1995: 86,000 (NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts)
- Pedestrian Injuries in 2005: 64,000 (NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts)
- According to the National SAFEKIDS Campaign, more than 46,000 children are injured each year in pedestrian accidents
- The total cost of pedestrian death and injury among children ages 14 and younger is $5.2 billion per year (Safe Kids Worldwide).
- 70 percent of pedestrian killed in 2005 were males.
- Almost three out of every four pedestrian fatalities occur in urban areas (74 percent).
- The top four states for pedestrian fatalities are California, Florida, Texas, and New York. These four states make up 42 percent of pedestrian fatalities nationwide while only accounting for 29 percent of the total traffic fatalities across the country.
- Nearly half (48 percent) of pedestrian fatalities occur on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.