According to abc13.com, a woman was hit by a car and killed while crossing Highway 6 in west Harris County. The woman, Lisa Thi Flaherty, got off work and proceeded to walk home from her job at the Salvation Army Super Store, as was her routine, when she was struck by the automobile.
The accident occurred on Tuesday evening August 15, 2o17, in the 8400 block of Highway 6 near Beechnut at around 8:30 p.m. According to Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Flaherty was attempting to cross the roadway when she was hit by a white Toyota, driven by an unnamed 20-year-old.
It is unknown at this time if she was crossing the road illegally or not. Flaherty was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Officials say the driver of the car that collided with Ms. Flaherty stopped to render aid and continued to remain at the scene until authorities arrived. His name has not been released at this time. Authorities don’t believe alcohol or speed were factors in the crash. It is believed to have just been a case of the victim trying to cross a busy road at a time when visibility may have been poor due to the oncoming darkness.
An official at the scene stated the woman’s family showed up at the accident site while searching for her because she hadn’t arrived home at the usual appointed time. They were worried and had set out to look for her. Her usual shift at the Salvation Army Superstore was on the morning schedule, but she had worked at this irregular time to fill in for an absent employee.
The investigation is ongoing at this time.
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 190,500, a statistically significant 4.5 percent increase.
- The number of passenger vehicle occupants injured increased by 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
Often people feel safer walking than driving a vehicle in view of automobile death and injury statistics. Even on familiar roadways, especially if this has long been their normal mode of transportation. As the above pedestrian accident statistics state, however, walking can be just dangerous as the victims of car crashes.
People walk or ride their bikes for various reasons but the two most common are for exercise and as a means of getting to and from work due to no vehicle being available to them. Unfortunately, these people are at a high risk of getting hit by a motor vehicle. This often happens 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. Therefore, it is vital that when crossing the road, pedestrians and cyclist only cross at designated crossing areas. They are put into place to help ensure the safety of the pedestrian.
Also, if you find yourself in the situation of having to walk on a busy roadway, it is best to wear reflective or light reflecting colors to make yourself more visible. If you or a loved one has been hit by a car while walking or riding a bicycle and are seeking legal advice, contact our law office for an evaluation. Your first consultation is completely free of charge to you.