Thursday, December 8, 2022

How many people got hit by cars on the Peninsula last year?

The odds of a pedestrian dying in car accident are about 1 in 561, which means people are more likely to get hit by a car crossing the street than getting struck by lightning.

That’s according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

The data shown below was obtained by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicle‘s Traffic Electronic Data System or for short, TREDS.

Check out the number of pedestrian-involved crashes in Hampton and Newport News in 2017 and 2018.

In Hampton, three crashes were alcohol-related, six involving distracted driving and two incidences where the driver was between the ages of 15 and 20 years old.

In Newport News, nine incidents were related to alcohol use, 12 crashes involved distracted drivers and nearly 30 incidents involved drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 years old.

2018 Pedestrian Involved Crashes

(WYDaily Photo/ Julia Marsigliano)
(WYDaily Photo/ Julia Marsigliano)

The one fatality in Hampton involved speed, occurred on the interstate and the person was not wearing a seatbelt. One of the four fatalities in Newport News was related to alcohol and the other three did not. None of the cities’ fatalities involved distracted driving or cellphone use.

2017 Pedestrian Involved Crashes

(WYDaily Photo/ Julia Marsigliano)
(WYDaily Photo/ Julia Marsigliano)

In Hampton, three crashes involved alcohol, nine incidents involved distracted drivers and in five instances, the driver was 65 years old or older.

In Newport News, the number of crashes involving alcohol was eight, the number of distracted drivers was eight and in six incidents, the driver was 65 years old or older.

The one fatality in Hampton was speed-related and the person wasn’t wearing a seatbelt whereas the three fatalities in Newport News, two involved alcohol and the other did not.

Both cities’ fatalities did not involve distracted driving or cellphone use.

Both cities’ statistics in pedestrian-related fatalities and injuries remained about the same in 2017 and 2018. See the complete data for Hampton and Newport News here or below.

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsiglianohttp://wydaily.com
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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