In a sudden increase of pedestrian accidents, four pedestrians were killed after being stuck by cars in San Jose last week. While the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the number of pedestrian fatalities has been decreasing for a number of years. In San Jose this year, the number of individuals killed in pedestrian accidents has already exceeded the average for the last few years.
Last Wednesday a 54-year-old San Jose man was killed when he was hit by two separate cars while crossing Tully Road. After the accident the man was taken to Regional Medical Center where he passed away on Friday afternoon.
This was only minutes after another San Jose pedestrian accident in which a woman was struck and killed while crossing a street. Police identified the woman killed in that accident on Friday, police identified another pedestrian that was struck and killed at nearly the same time on Wednesday.
The San Jose police have issued a reminder to drivers to be aware of their surroundings and to be particularly careful as the change in daylight savings time means many more people are commuting after dark.
It is not clear what has caused the recent spike in pedestrian accidents. While it may be that more people are walking and jogging, it may also be that drivers have simply become more complacent. Just as every child learns to look both ways before crossing the street, it is important that motorists survey their surroundings as they approach a crosswalk.
Source: San Jose Mercury News "San Jose: Another pedestrian killed while crossing street," Mark Gomez, Nov. 11, 2011