Raleigh ranked 27th deadliest city for pedestrians in America
RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Ashton Smith says she spends a lot of time looking over her shoulder while crossing intersections in downtown Raleigh — and avoids the one on Hillsborough Street where she got hit by a car in 2014.
“I had the right of way. I was two-thirds the way across the street and saw headlights coming from behind me,” Smith recalled.
Smith had shoulder surgery, then months of physical therapy. The driver hit her at 30 mph. Any faster and she could have been killed, she said.
“Failure to yield to a pedestrian was the charge,” Smith said.
According to Smart Growth America, the greater Raleigh area ranks as the 27th deadliest in the nation to be a pedestrian. Between 2005 and 2016, 165 pedestrians were struck and killed by cars in the Raleigh metro area.
In 2014, there were 2,989 pedestrian-involved crashes in North Carolina. Of those, 176 were fatal.
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