Pedestrian Struck and Killed on Poplar Street Bridge in St. Louis, MO
Posted on September 27th, 2011 by Zane Cagle
Two pedestrians were struck early Sunday when a suspected drunk driver, fleeing police, killed one and seriously injured the other according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Police say this man struck a squad car at around 3:35am in a 2003 Ford Mustang. Police pursued the suspect across the Poplar Street Bridge, where he hit two pedestrians in the eastbound lanes. The first victim was knocked from the bridge, falling onto dry land below. He was pronounced dead roughly an hour later. His companion suffered severe, life-threatening injuries to her legs. Both pedestrians were wearing dark colors and walking with traffic. The driver had a blood-alcohol content of .16, twice the legal limit in Missouri.
Pedestrian accidents accounted for nearly 5,000 deaths in 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Association. The vast majority of these accidents occur in urban areas at night. Alcohol plays a factor in 48% of all these accidents. For better safety, it is recommended that, if walking at night, a person has on reflective clothing or carries a flashlight to make drivers better aware of their presence. It is also recommended that a person walks against traffic rather than with it, so they are better able to see oncoming traffic. Looking out for pedestrian safety has long been a topic of our blog. Zane T. Cagle has represented many individuals involved in pedestrian accidents and the severity of injuries is always horrific in these kind of accidents. Urban areas tend to have higher rates of pedestrian accidents simply due the higher numbers of people walking due to proximity. It is important as a pedestrian that you always cross at crosswalks and be on the look out for cars. As a pedestrian, you cannot assume that car drivers always see you and respect your right of way.
If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident in Missouri or Illinois, contact Zane T. Cagle of The Cagle Law Firm today for a free consultation to determine your legal options 1(314) 276-1681. You may have a personal injury claim or if a loved one was seriously injured or killed, you may have a wrongful death claim.