A 33-year-old Lynwood woman was recently arrested for her role in a serious hit-and-run pedestrian accident which occurred last Thursday. The Chicago Tribune reports that the accident happened early Thursday morning and involved a police officer who was hit as he was conducting a traffic stop at the intersection of 79th Street and Wabash Avenue. The officer was rushed to a local hospital with non-life threatening personal injuries.
This South Side pedestrian accident is one of many hit-and-run pedestrian accidents which happen in Chicago every year. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a pedestrian is killed every two hours and injured every nine minutes by drivers.
Elderly pedestrians are the most likely individuals to die from a pedestrian accident. This is because they tend to be more frail and less able to recover from their injuries. Elderly drivers are also the most likely individuals to be severely injured in car accidents. For drivers who are over the age 85, the fatal crash rate is even higher than that of teens.
NHTSA data also indicate that the majority of pedestrians injured are males. Moen accounted for 69 percent of the pedestrians hit in 2009. About half of pedestrian accidents also involved alcohol use.