Mother and Child Pinned Under Car
According to The Denver Post, a mother was hit by a car and pinned under the car. The mother was walking with her two young children and her baby in a non-designated pedestrian crossing area by 14200 block of East Exposition Avenue, near a Walmart store. The mother was holding her baby when a Kia Rio hit the mother and skimmed her daughter. The mother and the baby were pinned underneath the vehicle. When police reported to the scene they had to lift the car off the pair. All four pedestrians were sent to a nearby hospital. The young girl suffered minor injuries, the mother suffered serious injuries, but her baby and other young son were uninjured. The police reported that the driver of the Kia was not speeding and will not be cited for the accident due to the pedestrians crossing in an unmarked area.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 70,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the United States. On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and one was injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes. Almost 70% of pedestrian fatalities occurred in a city. Nearly 80% of pedestrian fatalities occurred at non-intersections. Eighty-eight percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred during normal weather conditions. This may be due to the fact that when it is a clear day outside there are more pedestrians out and enjoying the weather. In 2010, almost 20% of all children between the ages of 5 and 9 who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians. Children ages 15 and younger accounted for 7% of the pedestrian fatalities in 2010 and 23% of all pedestrians injured in traffic crashes. Children are not always aware of the force it takes to stop a motor vehicle, this can be a reason why so many children are hit by vehicles.