Zachary’s Story: Pedestrian Safety

zachary“On February 5th, 2015, I was walking to the car to pick up my oldest child from school with my 2 month old son and my almost 2-year-old, Zachary.  Zachary was a little bit ahead of us. Suddenly, a woman backed out of her parking space, hit him, and ran him over. He was not walking directly behind her truck, he was on the other side of the parking lot, in a no parking zone. She crossed all that way and did not even notice that she had hit my son. I had to bang on her truck window and get her out of the truck, and tell her that she needed to call 911 because she just ran over my son. Zachary was pronounced dead 34 minutes after the first 911 call, only six days after his grandmother had been buried.”

Zachary passed on February 5th, 2015 at only 1 years old. He will be loved and missed eternally.

This story was shared by Zachary’s mother to help drive awareness for child safety and help save other children’s lives as way to honor the loving memory of her son.

Pedestrian Safety

In 2014 there were 4,884 pedestrians killed and an estimated 65,000 injured in traffic crashes in the United States. A total of 4,813 traffic crashes each had one or more pedestrian fatalities. On average, a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours and injured every 8 minutes in traffic crashes.

One-fifth (19%) of the children from birth to 14 years old killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians.

Safety Reminder for Drivers:

  • Look for pedestrians everywhere. Pedestrians may not be walking where they should be or may be hard to see—especially in poor lit conditions, including dusk/dawn/night and poor weather.
  • Always stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk or where pedestrian crosswalk signs are posted.
  • Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. They may be stopped to allow pedestrians to cross the street.
  • Slowdown and look for pedestrians. Be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Follow the speed limit; slow down around pedestrians.
  • Stay focused and slow down where

For more information visit: http://www.nhtsa.gov/