Texas Pedestrian-Vehicle Accident Results in Fatality
A 13-year-old Copperas Cove girl’s death Saturday marked the third pedestrian-vehicle fatality in the Greater Killeen area in 11 days and the second of the new year.
A thirteen year old girl, Alyssa Martinez was pronounced dead at 10:47 p.m Saturday after a Ford F150 hit her outside the Copperas Cove as she was trying to cross the Farm-to-Market 1113.
Martinez death is now being seen as the third auto-pedestrian fatal accident in the Greater Killeen area, just 11 days of the new year.
She was taken to the Metroplex Hospital after she failed to comply the right-of-way to the driver and crossed into his lane. The driver of the Ford F150 was heading west.
A similar auto-pedestrian accident occurred on 1100 block of Fort Hood Street, when a 45-year-old Michael Miguel Thomas died from a car accident in Killeen, prior to Martinez's death.
Thomas was reported to be wearing dark clothes, when a Honda Accord struck him as he was standing in the center turn lane. The car was heading north, attempting to turn left and struck him.
Killeen authorities reported that Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on 7:43 pm, Saturday night.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there are records of eight pedestrian auto accidents in Bell County as of 2013, one involved on Christmas Day.
Five days just after the new year, Coryell and Bell counties both have one fatal accident. In 2013, there were no reports in either Lampasas or Coryell county.
"Residents should work to prevent these types of incidents... Drivers and pedestrians should pay attention when traveling through the city" advises Carroll Smith, a spokeswoman for the Killeen Police Department.
She advises, “You need to walk toward traffic so you can see what is coming at you,” Smith said. “Keep your focus on what is ahead of you. It is not always a good idea to be walking while talking on the phone or texting. You should keep all your faculties about you.”
"Don’t walk in the streets and especially don’t do so while drunk or on drugs... Pedestrians should use crosswalks and walk in well-lit areas," said Smith.
“There is a reason they have crosswalks,” tells Smith. “There is a reason there are signals, because it allows you to cross safely, and you should never cross the highway. It is illegal.”
Pedestrians are advised to walk against traffic, so that they may see what is coming at them and to wear bright colored clothing so that drivers may notice them, says Smith.
Source: KDH News, "Copperas Cove girl dies in pedestrian-vehicle accident," Mason W. Canales, January 7, 2014