GENEVA, IL- Wspynews.com writes that a man from Geneva who was struck by a vehicle on November 29, 2018, has died from the injuries that he sustained in the crash. The man, James Pritchard, 86, died on Saturday, December 8, 2018.*
Pritchard was struck by a car in downtown Geneva while he was crossing the street. A 74-year-old woman driving a 2007 Nissan Xterra failed to see Pritchard while he was crossing the roadway. Pritchard was conscious when police and firefighters were called to the scene at about 6:35 in the evening.
Emergency responders brought Pritchard to the Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva, but he was later taken to the Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, located in Downers Grove. The driver did not suffer any injuries and hadnot been charged in relation to the crash.
Pritchard was a doctor and a classical pianist.
Kill thousands of people across the United States every year. The number of pedestrians killed increased in 2016 and 2017 to reachclose to 6,000 people. Elderly individuals, identified as those who are 65 or older, account for about 19 percent of all pedestrian deaths.
These accidents are more common at night, in urban locations and outside of crosswalks. Alcoholfactors into many pedestrian incidents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC),about 48 percent of all pedestrian accidents involve alcohol impairment of eitherthe driver or the pedestrian.
The speedat which vehicles are traveling plays a crucial role in how likely a person is to be killed in a pedestrian crash. Advocates for pedestrian safety have been pushing for 20 miles an hour speed limits in places with heavy pedestrian traffic because lowering the speed of vehicles can greatly decrease the risk of a fatal accident.
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