[08-31-2023] Fresno County, CA – 12-Year-Old Girl Hospitalized After Being Struck by Truck on Weldon and West Avenues

Published September 1, 2023

[08-31-2023] 12-Year-Old Girl Hospitalized After Being Struck by Truck on Weldon and West AvenuesA 12-year-old girl pedestrian was hospitalized after being struck by a vehicle in Fresno on Thursday afternoon, August 31, 2023.

Officers received a dispatch at around 4:10 p.m. about a girl who had been struck at the intersection of Weldon and West Avenues, according to the Fresno Police Department.

Authorities stated that the victim was walking home from school when a truck traveling southbound on West Avenue struck her.

According to officials, the driver failed to notice the girl crossing the street until it was too late. The truck collided with the pedestrian despite the driver’s attempts to avoid her.

The 12-year-old was conscious and alert when transported to the hospital for treatment. Police said the driver was not impaired at the time of the collision.

No additional information was disclosed regarding the incident. The investigation remains ongoing.

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Pedestrian Accident Statistics

No matter whether walking is someone’s main form of transportation, everyone is a pedestrian. The number of people using walking as a form of transportation is increasing. In 2020, hit-and-run crashes accounted for over one-quarter (24.3 percent) of all pedestrian fatalities or 16.8 percent of all collision fatalities.

Pedestrian fatalities increased by 46.2 percent between 2011 and 2020, whereas other traffic fatalities only increased by 14.4 percent. Despite a 13.2 percent decline in driving, pedestrian fatalities rose by 3.9 percent between 2019 and 2020. The number of pedestrian deaths increased by 5.7 percent from 933 in 2016 to 986 in 2020. A total of 1,011 pedestrian fatalities decreased by 2.5 percent from the previous year in 2019.

In the 2021 Traffic Safety Survey conducted by UC Berkeley SafeTREC, Californians were asked to reflect on the times they had been pedestrians in the past six months and identify the safety problems they had experienced. “Cars going too fast” was noted by 54.5 percent, and “Cars not stopping” was reported by 48.4 percent of respondents. “Distracted drivers (by cell phones)” was reported by 38.2 percent of respondents.