Pedestrians are always at risk when they share the roadway with multiple types of motor vehicles. They must often walk very close to traffic, and they have nothing to protect them if a collision should occur. Sadly, tragedy sometimes strikes because of this. A recent fatal accident in California just before Thanksgiving led to a pedestrian death. The incident is still being investigated as authorities work to determine the cause.
A 50-year-old woman and 78-year-old man were reportedly walking alongside a road in Fair Oaks around noon when the accident occurred. They were in the westbound shoulder walking against traffic, and the woman was closer to the road. Suddenly, a Ford Taurus in the eastbound lane lost control, veering across the westbound lane and into the shoulder. After striking the woman, the car went off the road and hit a tree in an embankment. The California Highway Patrol reported that the car was going about 35 mph at the time of the collision.