Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Recap: Here’s how many pedestrians were killed last year

Here is a list of the number of fatal pedestrian-involved crashes on the peninsula for 2019. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of Pixabay)
Here is a list of the number of fatal pedestrian-involved crashes on the peninsula for 2019. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of Pixabay)

Each year, dozens of people are killed by cars while crossing the street.

In 2018, there was a 3 percent increase on the number of pedestrians hit by vehicles, according the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

But what about 2019?

WYDaily compiled information regarding the number of pedestrian-related crashes on the Peninsula from the Virginia DMV’s Traffic Electronic Data System.

The information below is from 2019 and specifically refers to Williamsburg, York and James City counties, Hampton and Newport News.

Williamsburg and James City County were the only two localities with no pedestrian deaths last year. However, in Williamsburg 6 people were injured in pedestrian-related car crashes and in James City County there were 13.

There were no pedestrian deaths in those two localities in 2018.

Newport News had the highest number of pedestrian fatalities, four between the ages of 41 and 60 years old.

Newport News had the highest number of pedestrian deaths on the peninsula. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles)
Newport News had the highest number of pedestrian deaths on the peninsula in 2019. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles)

The city also had the most people involved in such crashes. In total, 66 people were injured.

The first two deaths were in June, the third in July and the last one in December.

The highest number of people involved in crashes over the past year were between the ages of 56 and 60 years old.

The number of pedestrian fatalities remained the same for 2018 and 2019.

Hampton had two pedestrian fatalities for 2019. According to the report, 40 people were injured including the two deaths and there were 34 crashes involving pedestrians.

The fatal crashes happened in October and the two people who died were females. One was 15 years old and the other between the ages of 21 and 25.

In 2018, Hampton had one pedestrian-related fatality.

In York County in 2019, there was one fatality in October. A man between the age of 66 and 70 years old died and there were nine people injured.

The highest number of people involved in pedestrian-related crashes were in the 56 to 60 age group.

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Julia Marsigliano
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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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