Walking is certainly a healthy and invigorating pastime; however nobody expects that your next evening constitutional will be your last. Naturally, pedestrians must be vigilant when strolling along public roads, but drivers also have a responsibility not to place others in danger. As Maryland injury lawyers representing automobile accident victims and their families, our office is greatly aware of the tragic results of pedestrian traffic accidents.
Recently, a news article detailed the traffic death of an older Mechanicsville man who was killed during an evening walk along a local highway. Apparently an elderly gentleman who was know to frequently go out on foot for long walks died on November 30 after being hit by a northbound vehicle along Maryland’s Route 235.
Police reports indicate that 85-year-old James Thomas Yorkshire was treated by fire and rescue crews, who responded to the accident that had occurred just before 9pm. At the time of the news report it was unclear whether Yorkshire, who died at the scene, was walking in the northbound lanes or perhaps crossing the highway.
According to Maryland State Police, Yorkshire was struck by a 2007 Chrysler Town & Country minivan driven by 57-year-old Edwin Lewis Lipsitz of Waldorf. At the time of the collision, Yorkshire was wearing dark clothing, said a police report. Apparently that stretch of roadway is poorly lit, police said, and it was raining that evening as well.
Reportedly, there was no evidence of alcohol, other drugs or excessive speed, which could have been factors in the accident. The driver of the minivan was unhurt and it was not clear if the police were going to charge the driver with any violations.
Pedestrian, 85, killed in accident, SoMDNews.com, December 2, 2009