Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the pedestrian killed in Oakland Chinatown yesterday morning.
According to the Oakland Police Department, a 73-year-old woman was struck by a truck while crossing a street in Oakland Chinatown. The woman was walking south on Alice street near Ninth street around 8:40 a.m., when a Toyota pickup truck went through the intersection and hit her.
The truck driver, a 44-year-old man from San Lorenzo, remained at the scene. He claimed that he was blinded by the sun and didn’t see the woman.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDT), pedestrian deaths account for 12.1% of traffic accident fatalities. On average, a pedestrian is killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes. Further, the rates of pedestrian deaths in motor vehicle crashes per 100,000 people are highest for those 70 years old or older.