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.
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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