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Pedestrian accident kills one and injures another

A pedestrian accident took one life and left another man in critical condition, according to reports from the Florida Highway Patrol. The man who was killed was from Niceville.

The accident happened out by Nine Mile Road. Two young men, just 28 years old, were at Circle K and attempting to go across Pine Forest Road. This happened at roughly 10:30 in the evening, police reports indicate.

Coming down that road was a Hyundai Santa Fe with a 68-year-old man behind the wheel. He is from Pensacola, and he was driving in the right turn lane while going north.

The two young men both tried to cross in front of him, walking into the road. The man struck both of them with the vehicle. Their injuries were instantly severe and they were rushed to Sacred Heart Hospital. One of the young men passed away from his injuries, while the latest reports said the other was still in critical condition.

The police are carrying out their investigation right now, but they did say that charges were pending. They also classified it as a traffic homicide investigation.

Drivers must be mindful of pedestrians, regardless of speed, as even low-speed accidents can prove fatal. Studies have found that the risk of death is 50 percent when a car is traveling at just 42 mph, and the risk of serious injury hits 50 percent at a mere 31 mph.

When a pedestrian is badly hurt or killed, families can face very high medical costs, lost wages, rehabilitation costs and much more. They need to know if they have a right to compensation, especially when the driver is charged.

Source: Pensacola News Journal, "One killed, one critical after pedestrian crash," May 16, 2017

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