Teen killed in Sunnyside accident

Story Highlights:
One dead in Grandview accident
Pedestrian collision cause unknown

Date: July 4, 2011
Location: Sunnyside, Yakima County, Washington
Type: Pedestrian accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One dead

A teenager was struck and killed by a car in Sunnyside on Monday night.

Just before midnight, while setting off fireworks, 17-year-old Adan M. Gonzalez was hit by a car driven by 45-year-old Jorge J. Estrada.

Gonzalez died at the scene.

The accident is still under investigation by Washington State Patrol and no other information surrounding the cause has been released.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics
There was a loss of 4,881 lives in pedestrian/motor vehicle crashes in 2005, almost thirteen people every day of the year (NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts). Though the number of pedestrian fatalities fell from 5,584 in 1995 to 4,881 in 2005, the fatalities in 2005 were the highest since 4,901 fatalities were recorded in 2001. Fortunately, the number of reported injuries involving pedestrians fell from 84,000 in 1995 to 64,000 in 2005. However, only a fraction of pedestrian crashes that cause injury are ever recorded by the police.

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.

Seattle Wrongful Death Attorneys
Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of Adan M. Gonzalez and hope they can find a knowledgeable wrongful death lawyer that will help settle their case and get them the compensation they deserve for suffering such a tragic loss. Statistically, children under age 16 are the most likely to be struck by a car, but elderly victims are the most likely to die as a result of pedestrian or crosswalk accident injuries. Most pedestrian accidents occur on the weekends during the evening hours. Pedestrian accidents in the late afternoon increase when daylight savings time is removed in the winter and the sun sets earlier.If you or a family member has suffered as the result of a crosswalk or pedestrian accident in Washington state, pedestrian accident attorney Chris Davis and the Davis Law Group, P.S. can help you. We are committed to helping injured pedestrians recover the just and fair compensation they are entitled to receive under the law.

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