Every month, people are struck by cars and the result can end with a fatality. Motorists need to be mindful of their surroundings to try to prevent dangerous situations from occurring. Unfortunately, accidents can still happen.

Pedestrian accidents that occurred in October 2014 include the following.

 a stop sign with a yellow pedestarian sign
Thousands of pedestrians are killed each year.

Police received a call in the Village of Stonington in Illinois on October 10. The report came in around 3:30 am, detailing a complaint of a woman walking down the center of the road on Illinois Route 48, located south of the village. However, when police arrived, they discovered a woman was struck by a vehicle. The woman — Devun Rohndemann, 22, of Taylorville — was pronounced dead at the scene. The police are searching for the vehicle, and this case is suspected to be a hit and run.

In the early morning of October 16, a 57-year-old man was killed in the University Village/Little Italy neighborhood in Chicago Illinois. The police were contacted at 6:29 am. While the driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene, the pedestrian was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Citations for the accident are pending and the major accidents unit is conducting an investigation.

After critically injuring a 20-year-old man on the afternoon of October 10, driver Rolando Berrios-Rio, 28, has been charged with causing the Northwest Chicago accident.  He received one felony count of leaving the scene of an accident and misdemeanor counts of driving without a license and disobeying a red light. Berrios-Rios ran a red light, struck the pedestrian and another vehicle before running from the scene. The pedestrian was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Fannie Mae Brown, 74, was tragically killed after being hit by a sport utility vehicle in Davenport, Iowa. The accident took place around 7:15 am on October 8. Witnesses recount that a car was going eastbound, while Brown was waiting to cross on the south side. When the east-west traffic light turned, Brown was hit by the SUV driven by 82-year-old Arthur Farranche while trying to cross. Brown was pronounced dead at scene and Farranche was taken to the hospital for injuries and was later released. The crash remains under investigation by the Davenport police.

Thousands of pedestrians are killed each year in the United States. Usually these accidents are preventable. Motorists need to be extra cautious while driving in low visibility, which can be caused by bad weather or low lighting. Click here to view our Watch for PedestriansPublic Service Announcement featuring Hupy and Abraham Managing Partner Jason Abraham, and to get information to receive a free bumper sticker.


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