The Center for Disease Control (CDC) found in 2015 that over 5,000 pedestrians are killed in accidents involving a motor vehicle each year. Those who choose to walk instead of driving or riding are 1.5 times more likely of being killed in an accident than those who are passengers in a motor vehicle. The federal agency recommends that in order to stay safe pedestrians should use sidewalks, cross all intersections at crosswalks, and whenever possible wear high-visibility or reflective clothing when it is dark.
According to a story appearing on the AZCentral.com website, for one 60-year-old Phoenix woman, there was no crosswalk for her to use as she crossed the street on the morning of February 1st. Authorities say that Selina Dole, 60 was crossing the street McDowell Road, near 48th Lane when she was struck and killed by a Ford Fusion being driven by a 61-year-old man.
According to Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department, the fatal crash happened at approximately 6:00 a.m. The driver remained at the scene of the accident. Investigators from the Vehicular Homicide Unit were on the scene piecing together what happened. So far, investigators are fairly certain that the driver was not impaired in any way.
The accident is still under investigation. No further information has been released in the case.