UPDATE: A Monday night accident on Farmington Road has Farmington Public Safety officials warning pedestrians about the dangers of jaywalking.
A 72-year-old Farmington woman remains hospitalized after a vehicle struck her as she crossed Farmington Road, south of a marked crosswalk at State Street, at around 7:10 p.m.
Public Safety Director Frank Demers said the driver of the vehicle, a 60-year-old Livonia resident, had just turned from State onto southbound Farmington Road. While the accident remains under investigation, it doesn’t appear that the driver was reckless or careless, he said, and alcohol was not a factor.
The pedestrian “sustained some pretty serious injuries,” Demers said, but is in stable condition.
On Tuesday, the department posted some sobering facts on its Facebook page:
“According to recent statistics, when a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, more than 80 percent of the time the pedestrian is killed or seriously injured. In Michigan, more than 100 pedestrians die each year. Most of these deaths occur between 6 p.m. and midnight, with many fatalities occurring when pedestrians cross the roadway somewhere other than at an intersection.”
The practice of “jaywalking,” the post noted, “is an extremely dangerous practice as oncoming traffic is oftentimes unable to stop in time to avoid the crossing pedestrian. Such was the case in last night’s incident.”