Highways, interstates, and other high-speed roadways can be extremely dangerous for pedestrians. Many roads that lack sidewalks forbid pedestrians from walking on the side of the road to ensure their safety, however, sometimes pedestrians may not be able to avoid finding themselves on a high-speed roadway. If someone has car trouble, for example, they may need to pull their vehicle off to the side of the road to address the issue. A Maryland woman was recently killed after she exited her vehicle to address a flat tire and was struck by a speeding vehicle.
According to a local news report discussing the accident, the victim, a 47-year-old woman from Glen Burnie, suffered a flat tire and pulled to the side of the road to address the problem. After the victim exited her vehicle, she was hit by another car that was speeding and unable to stay in its lane. According to the report, another vehicle that had stopped to assist the victim was also struck, but the occupant was not seriously injured. the woman who had initially stopped was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other driver was not injured in the crash. After sobriety tests were performed, the other driver was arrested for DUI, automobile homicide, and other charges. Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating drugs reduces reaction time and encourages poor decision making, and likely contributed to the cause of this tragic accident.
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