SAPD: Pedestrian related traffic incidents up

SAPD: Pedestrian crashes rising

SAN ANTONIO -- Pedestrians are walking into life-threatening circumstances, according to San Antonio police statistics.

Traffic investigators said they see more pedestrians who are putting themselves at risk by not using crosswalks, dashing across thoroughfares and interstate without regard for safety, not wearing reflective clothing and cross streets in dimly lit areas.

Police said the latest case was Tuesday night when a 30-year-old man was trying to cross the 3900 block of Culebra Road. Investigators said he was hit by a vehicle driving east on the roadway. The area is dimly lit. Officers say the victim did not use a crosswalk.

He was taken to University Hospital with critical injuries. The driver of the vehicle is not expected to face criminal charges.

SAPD said he is a fortunate victim because the number of pedestrian-related fatalities is rising at an alarming rate.

Police statistics show in 2014 San Antonio had 54 pedestrian related fatalities. In 2015, the number of pedestrians who died in what investigators call mv/peds (motor vehicle versus pedestrians) dropped to 46.  At the time of this article, the 2016 count in the same category is 41 with more than 90 days are left in the year.

(© 2016 KENS)


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