JAMES CITY COUNTY — Following two pedestrian-involved fatal crashes, the James City County Police Department (JCCPD) has issued safety guidance for residents.
JCCPD wants to remind pedestrians to wear light colored or reflective clothing, to carry a flashlight, and to use sidewalks as well as crosswalks when available. When a crosswalk is not available, residents are advised to cross at well-lit areas. Additionally, when there is not a sidewalk available, residents are advised to walk facing traffic and as far away from it as possible.
According to Stephanie Williams-Ortery, spokesperson for JCCPD, there have been fourteen pedestrian-involved vehicle crashes this year, with three of those fatal. The most recent occurred this past Tuesday (Dec. 14) when 49-year-old Tammy Sue Churchill of James City County was killed after she was hit by a van while crossing Pocahontas Trail.
Williams-Ortery noted that all three victims in these fatalities were in the roadway at the time of the crashes.