Pedestrian killed crossing road officials admit is unsafe

On Behalf of | Apr 22, 2021 | Wrongful Death

Many different factors can lead to a driver hitting a pedestrian: speed, distractions, poor lighting, impaired driving or a combination of any of these. Unfortunately, when a motor vehicle of any sort collides with a pedestrian, the results are often worse for the pedestrian than anyone inside the vehicle. In a recent collision in Selingsgrove, a Harrisburg woman suffered the worst fate when a car hit her as she was crossing a street. She died from her injuries, and now her family may have reason to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.

Road is not pedestrian-friendly

The horrific incident happened late one evening in February. A 32-year-old single mother, in Selingsgrove for a week of job training, had left her hotel for a walk. When she attempted to cross the road, she was struck by two vehicles coming from opposite directions and was killed in the process. Apparently, the area lacked sufficient crosswalks and sidewalks and has a reputation among locals as being dangerous. In fact, four months prior to this crash, another victim was hit and hurt on the same stretch of road.

Victim’s family has questions

Police investigated the crash, but they determined there was insufficient evidence to charge either driver and closed the case. The victim’s family are now questioning the police investigation. Since neither driver showed signs of impairment, they were not given sobriety tests. The family would also like to know why the drivers did not see the woman in time; could driver distraction have been a factor? In addition, they are questioning why neither PennDOT nor Monroe Township had yet made moves to make the road more pedestrian-friendly, such as adding crosswalks and improving lighting, even though it is a very busy area.

This young victim’s family is now left to grieve the loss of their loved one, but they are also seeking answers and accountability. A township spokesperson has acknowledged the area is not pedestrian-friendly and that changes are in the works, although an approved project intended to improve safety is not expected to reach completion until 2027. The family is considering holding both PennDOT and the township accountable, and they would certainly be within their rights to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against these entities. Anyone who has experienced a similar tragedy can speak with a Pennsylvania attorney experienced in this area of the law, who can explain available options.