CARBONDALE, IL- Kfvs12.com reports that a five-year-old boy was struck and killed by a vehicle on North Wall Street in Carbondale, Illinois.
The boy was pronounced dead at the site of the accident. According to officials, the boy walked or ran into the road and was hit by the front end of the vehicle. The driver was traveling north and attempted to swerve out of the way but failed. The car then went off of the roadway and hit a utility pole. The driver was not injured in the crash.
Th investigation into the cause of the crash is still ongoing.
When pedestrians are involved in crashes, the chances of a fatality are higher in other types of vehicle accidents. In 2014, only 1.6% of the 296,060 crashes in Illinois involved a pedestrian, but 13.7% of fatalities involved pedestrians. The risk of death to a pedestrian in a crash is about 23.7 times higher than the risk to a person traveling in a vehicle. Men are slightly more likely to be killed as pedestrians than women, and 14.3% of pedestrians killed were between the ages of 5 and 15.
Overall crash data from Illinois from 2014 indicates that children were involved in 9.8 percent of vehicle accidents within the state.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, children are not capable of determining the speed and distance of vehicles until they reach the age of 10, meaning parents and caregivers should help children understand safe street crossing practices. Around 80 percent of children killed as pedestrians are struck by vehicles outside of an intersection.
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