We all know of the many dangers we can encounter on the roadways; however, we often forget that disaster can happen close to home. Walking down our neighborhood sidewalks can be a relaxing activity, and it contributes to our physical health as well. Even on a quiet street, accidents can happen. It’s important that we are always aware of our surroundings, as we can’t ensure that others will do the same.
Retired school teacher killed by city garbage truck
Marcia Rivers, 65, was a retired school teacher who lived on Davis Islands. Rivers was an active member of her community who gave back by teaching at the same high school she graduated from, King High School in Tampa.
On Tuesday morning, Marcia Rivers was hit and killed by a City of Tampa garbage truck. The accident occurred only a few hundred feet from her apartment on Davis Islands. Police received a call at 9:14 a.m. on Tuesday about an accident that took place on Davis Boulevard near Aegan Drive, which is near the Seaborn Day School. Marcia was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders.
Upon initial investigation by the police, it was shown that Rivers was hit by the garbage truck when it was backing out of a driveway between buildings. The City of Tampa waste disposal trucks are equipped with a backup alarm to warn pedestrians, but the police are investigating whether the alarm was operating at the time.
While no charges have been filed at this time, detectives are working on uncovering the factors that led to this horrendous accident.
Pedestrian deaths in the U.S.
- In 2015, there were 5,376 pedestrian deaths
- In 2015, there were about 70,000 pedestrian injuries
- In 2016, there were 5,987 pedestrian deaths, a 9% increase
- For children 14 and younger, pedestrian injury costs $5.2 billion per year
Even with all of the safety measures we have in place today, pedestrian accidents and deaths continue to rise. The year 2015 held the most pedestrian deaths since 1996.
Is it more dangerous to walk than to drive?
Pedestrians account for almost 18% of traffic fatalities in the United States, yet they are only 10.9% of all trips taken. There aren’t any reliable sources for miles walked or time spent walking, so it can be difficult for experts in transportation to say just how dangerous walking can be.
However, a lack of physical activity has contributed to hundreds of thousands of deaths from heart conditions and strokes. The number of deaths from these conditions is far greater than the number of pedestrian deaths. It’s far better to lead a healthy, active life than a sedentary one.
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