Earlier this year, it was revealed that nine of the twenty deadliest cities for pedestrians in the United States are in Florida. Orlando, a highly popular tourist destination, was ranked as least safe. After Orlando in terms of pedestrian safety came Daytona Beach, a popular spring break destination. Between 2008 and 2017, there were 5,433 pedestrian deaths, an average of 2.73 deaths per 100,000 residents. One of the reasons behind the staggering number of deaths is that the population is driving more than they were in 2008. Florida streets and roadways were designed for vehicles rather than pedestrians.
Florida Today reports that a 12-year-old girl donated her organs after being struck by a car on State Road A1A.
12-year-old Sophia Nelson donated her organs on Christmas day, three days after being hit by a car in a crosswalk on SR A1A.
The crash, which occurred on December 22nd, has ignited criticism of the Florida Department of Transportation’s mid-block crosswalks along A1A. To cross, pedestrians push buttons to activate flashing yellow lights.
Nelson activated the flashing lights, waited for several cars to pass, and proceeded to cross the street during a long gap between cars. The oncoming car did not slow down and struck the girl.
Her father, Mark Nelson, hopes that the Department of Transportation will put up signs warning pedestrians not to enter the roadway until it is free of traffic. He is also meeting with his daughter’s principal to see if there can be some educational opportunities to turn Sophia’s death into a teaching moment.