Police checked the identification of the 50-year-old Belchertown man and determined his legal name, is indeed, Lord Jesus Christ. Police report he was in a marked crosswalk at the time of the accident. The 20-year-old driver was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
We’ll stop just short of calling it a divine reminder to watch for pedestrians as the summer season kicks into high gear. As we reported in January on our Boston Personal Injury Attorney Blog:
-Drivers must yield to pedestrians crossing the street, regardless of whether they are in a crosswalk.
-Pedestrians should use extra caution at intersections — many pedestrian accidents occur when a turning driver fails to yield to a pedestrian crossing the street.
-Pedestrians should use designated crosswalks whenever possible.
-High visibility clothing can help increase the visibility of pedestrians. Reflective clothing and a flashlight are recommended at night.
Nationwide, 4,378 pedestrians were killed and more than 69,000 injured in 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Massachusetts pedestrian accidents accounted for 1 in 5 traffic fatalities in the state; 75 of the 363 traffic deaths recorded in 2008 were the result of pedestrian accidents.