Pedestrian accident: A 93-year-old woman on a motorized scooter was hospitalized Tuesday after she was hit by a golf cart at Leisure World in Seal Beach.
• A 93-year-old woman on a motorized scooter was crossing the street in a crosswalk.
• A golf cart failed to stop and crashed into the woman.
• The woman was hospitalized with major injuries.
The victim was in a crosswalk on St. Andrews Drive, north of Tam O’Shanter Road, when a golf cart failed to stop and struck her.
Police said the elderly woman suffered “very serious injuries” and was taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital to be treated.
The driver of the golf cart was not immediately arrested, but the accident remains under investigation. Police are urging anyone with information about the accident to contact traffic investigator Joe Garcia at 562-799-4100, Ext. 1649.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics
More than 4,000 pedestrians are killed every year — 11 every day — after being struck by motor vehicles, according to the latest National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics. An additional 59,000 are seriously injured.
The latest NHTSA figures show that:
- 69 percent of pedestrians killed in 2009 were males.
- Almost three out of every four pedestrian fatalities occur in urban areas (72 percent).
- The top four states for pedestrian fatalities are California, Florida, Texas, and New York. These four states make up 41 percent of pedestrian fatalities nationwide while only accounting for 5 percent of the total traffic fatalities across the country.
- Nearly one-half (48 percent) of all pedestrian fatalities occurred on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday — 70 percent occur at night (4 p.m. to 4 a.m.).
Alcohol is a major factor in pedestrian deaths, according to the non-profit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In 2009, 37 percent of fatally injured pedestrians 16 and older had blood alcohol concentrations at or above the legal limit of 0.08 percent. Fifteen percent of drivers involved in pedestrian deaths had blood alcohol levels at or above the legal limit.