According to KRIS-TV, after two pedestrians were hit on Ayers Street in Corpus Christi in the last few years, people are wondering about the safety of the area and what can be done to make the road safer.
One victim has been identified as Mari Ybarra who was killed after a vehicle hit her while she was walking home after getting off of work.The crash happened at the intersection of Ayers and McArdle around 3:30 a.m.Police say the vehicle’s driver, 27-year-old Robert Simmons, was taken to jail for intoxication manslaughter after officers say he hit a woman with his vehicle.The vehicle flipped over after the crash and Simmons suffered minor injuries. He was treated for his wounds and was later taken into custody. His bond is set at $20,000
Yet another pedestrian and vehicle accident occurred on Ayers recently. This makes the sixth hit and run in the city within the past three months.Police say the 70-year-old man was crossing the 3900 block of Ayers around 12:30 am when he was struck.The man died at the scene. His identity hasn’t been released.The driver of that vehicle fled the scene but was located by police.They are questioning the driver and have impounded the vehicle. Officers say no matter what a driver involved in a pedestrian accident should always stop.
“For the driver’s sake, you should always stay on the scene. You could turn what is an accident into a felony,” Lt. David Saldana. Ayers was shut down for several hours while crime scene continued to investigate the accident. Police did not say what charges the driver would face.
Back in November of 2014, voters approved a bond project that would make some serious improvements to a street that businesses call very dangerous. Many companies in the area have had issues. One is that pedestrians do not have a safe place to walk. There is no sidewalk, so people that walk in the area are forced to walk alongside a drainage ditch or along the roadside next to traffic. Both of these choices are far from optimal. Car accidents are also problematic in the area. There is not a turning lane on this road. Cars just have to stop in the left lane if they need to turn. This hinders the flow of traffic. Those who live in the area tell us that this has caused many accidents here.
“There’s really no place to walk,” said Mario Segundo, a worker in the area. “If you are walking over there, you are basically walking where cars are passing by.”
“I hope it happens. It would cut down on the accidents, and people would have a safer place to walk other than Ayers,” said, Christel Sanchez.
2015 Pedestrian Fatalities
The project, approved by voters, would widen the roadway on Ayers from SPID to Gollihar. It would also make some drainage improvements. The pedestrian improvements would extend down Ayers from SPID all the way to the bus stop.There is a possibility that the project could take up to 12 months and could begin as early as the beginning of next year. The entire project has $5.5 million budget. The residents of the area are very pleased that this area will eventually be a safe place to drive as well as a safe place to walk. A man crossing the street is hit by a vehicle and killed.
2015 Pedestrian Fatalities
According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis:
- Pedestrian fatalities increased by 466, a 9.5 percent increase.
- The 2015 pedestrian fatality count (5,376) is the highest number since 1996.
- Pedal cyclist fatality count (818) is the highest number since 1995.
- The number of people injured increased by 19=05,00, a statistically significant 4.5 percent increase.
- The number of passenger vehicle occupants injured increased 107,000, a 5.2 percent increase.
- Pedestrians injured increased by 5,000, a 7.7 percent increase.
- Fatalities of pedestrians increased by 466 (a 9.5 percent increase), and are at their highest number since 1996.
- Pedal cyclist fatalities increased by 89 (a 12.2 percent increase), and are at their highest level since 1995.
San Antonio Car Accident Attorney
Unfortunately, the young woman in the above story did not survive the accident, but it has prompted the city to consider the dangers of Ayers Street to the community.
The elderly gentleman also lost his life and perhaps these deaths occurring with such regularity there will be steps taken to improve the safety of the area.
People walk or ride their bikes for various reasons, but the two most common are for exercise and as a means of getting from point A to point B. Unfortunately, these people are at high risk of getting hit by a motor vehicle.
Accidents often happen in high traffic areas as well as at night time or when the sun begins to go down because drivers have a difficult time seeing pedestrians. This is why it is vital that when crossing the road, pedestrians and cyclist only pass at designated crossing areas.
They are put into place to help ensure the safety of the pedestrian. If you have been hit by a car while walking or riding a bicycle and are seeking legal advice, contact our law office for an evaluation to see if we can help.