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Pedestrian killed after failing to use crosswalk

There is often a lot of focus on drivers in California and ways that they can prevent pedestrian accidents by practicing vigilance and regularly scanning their surroundings. However, there are times when motorists may be paying attention and following all of the recommended tips for driving safely around pedestrians, but an accident may still happen. People who are walking, running and biking around cars should also practice vigilance and be observant to crosswalks and other resources designed to protect them on busy streets. 

In a recent accident in Wilmington, North Carolina, a Washington University student was injured after he was hit while crossing a street. The man was transported to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center to be treated for his injuries. Later on, he was pronounced dead. Authorities were working to determine why the man was in Wilmington when his school was located in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Investigations into the accident revealed that the man had been wearing dark clothing at the time of the accident. He was also not in a designated crosswalk which may have contributed to the driver's inability to recognize him. While the investigation is continuing, authorities confirmed that the driver would not be charged for the accident. 

If people have been injured in an auto-pedestrian accident, they may benefit from the legal direction of an attorney. A professional can head the case and help gather evidence about the accident that may be helpful in negotiating compensation for injuries. The reliable work of an attorney may also provide victims with needed time to focus on their recovery. 

Source: WWAY, "WPD Identify Pedestrian In Deadly Saturday Accident," Andrew James, June 3, 2018

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