According to a report by ABC30 News, a pedestrian was killed last week on Highway 99 early on Friday morning. The reason for the man walking in the northbound lanes of Highway 99 in Southwest Fresno was not known at the time of the report. The California Highway Patrol identified the victim as a male in his 30’s. The victim was in the second lane on the northbound side of Highway 99 between the Highway 41 interchange and Jensen Avenue. Traffic was blocked by Highway Patrol Officers as the accident scene was investigated and the cleanup crew completed its job. Traffic delays along Highway 99 in Southwest Fresno lasted about three hours after the pedestrian accident.
All pedestrians must take steps to protect themselves from motorists who are driving while distracted, impaired, drowsy, or drugged. Drivers who are reckless and negligent cause thousands of pedestrian accidents each year in the United States. The NHTSA reports that in 2015, 5,376 pedestrians were killed in traffic-related accidents, a 9.5 percent increase over the previous year. During the same year, traffic-related crashes insured approximately 70,000 pedestrians. During 2015, 13 percent of pedestrian injuries and 19 percent of pedestrian fatalities were people 65 years of age and older.