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Man Who Fatally Killed Pedestrian Charged in Pennsylvania

Posted in Pedestrian Accident on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

People walk for many reasons today. The health-conscience are walking more; the environmentally motivated are trying to curb their carbon footprint. Many of us are walking to and from school, work, parking lots, and bus stop. Pedestrians are everywhere, and they’re entitled to feel safe on Pennsylvanian roads.

The highly sought attorneys at Soloff & Zervanos, PC. understand that pedestrian accidents happen at alarming rates, especially in major cities. If you or someone you love has been injured by a careless driver while walking, you need a pedestrian accident attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Rock view, Pennsylvania Police Charge Man in Fatal Hit-and-Run

Last summer, Brandon Scot Deitz was traveling down the intersection of West High and North Allegheny streets early in the morning. At the same time, Stephanie Wilson was walking. Deitz hit Wilson with his 2007 Dodge Ram pickup truck around eight in the morning.

According to reports, Deitz did not realize he struck Wilson until he was passing her. He immediately stopped and checked on Wilson, then fled the scene because he became “scared and nervous.” Deitz fled to a nearby residence and asked for someone to call 911. Wilson’s head trauma was too severe from the collision, and she succumbed to her wounds.

Investigators have reconstructed the crash. They found Deitz to be driving between 22 and 23 mph. They also believe that the bandanas hanging from Deitz’s rearview mirror partially obstructed the view, putting Wilson in a fatal blind spot.

Deitz will face charges of an accident involving a victim’s death, a second-degree felony, and five summary charges.

Lack of Infrastructure, Bigger Vehicles, and More Pedestrians on Pennsylvanian Streets to Blame for Fatalities

Pedestrian safety is a big topic across the nation. Numerous states are acknowledging the rising trend in fatalities and are creating programs aimed at keeping pedestrians safe. Most efforts are aimed at human error for both pedestrians and drivers. However, many cities and rural areas haven’t adapted their infrastructure to keep up with more walkers on the streets. Also, buying trends show an increase in SUVs and other more oversized vehicles.

According to the CDC’s latest reports;

  • 5,977 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents
  • 137,000 were treated in emergency rooms in non-fatal crashes

The numbers averaged out show 1 person is struck and killed walking every 88 minutes. The statistics are only growing. When it comes down to a person versus a car, the car will always win. Pedestrians often;

  • Suffer traumatic brain injuries from collisions
  • Internal organ damage and internal bleeding
  • Broken bones
  • Severe lacerations or even amputations
  • And spinal cord injuries

If you or someone you know has been injured in a pedestrian-related car accident, you need representation. You need Soloff & Zervanos, PC.

Why Soloff & Zervanos, PC.

If you have been injured in an accident, the last thing on your mind should be insurance companies, medical bills, and lost wages. You focus on recovery; we’ll handle the rest. When you need a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania pedestrian accident attorney, you need Soloff & Zervanos, PC. Contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 215-929-7216.