Floridians have the highest risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident. A report from Smart Growth America and the National Complete Street Coalition ranked the 20 deadliest U.S. cities for pedestrians. Nine of these cities were in Florida. Orlando was ranked the least safe and the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West-Palm-Beach area came in at number 14. Data in the study shows that pedestrian deaths nationwide are on the rise, with a 35.7% increase between 2008 and 2017. During that time period, more than 13 pedestrians were killed per day. In that same 10-year-span, 5,433 pedestrians were killed in Florida.
ABC Action News reports on a pedestrian that was fatally struck on I-75, shutting down the interstate for hours.
Shortly before 5 a.m. on Sunday, a pedestrian accident shut down I-75 southbound near the Ruskin/Sun City Center exit. The incident shut down the interstate for more than 5 hours, causing motorists to scramble to find alternate routes.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol report, a woman had been standing next to two parked vehicles on the shoulder of I-75 SB. She then attempted to cross the interstate. The woman stepped into the path of a 2004 Hummer H2. She died at the scene of the accident. Her name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The driver of the Hummer, 49-year-old Maria Pillion, suffered from minor injuries. The interstate finally reopened the southbound lanes of the interstate shortly after 10 a.m. on Sunday.