Four pedestrians were killed in three separate incidents on Wednesday, October 20. 

While pedestrian accidents are alarmingly common in Texas, four fatalities in one day is roughly twice the state’s average. With Halloween approaching, Texans need to do more to stay safe.

The Three Deadly Accidents

The first accident occurred sometime on the morning of Wednesday, October 21. According to Austin authorities, they received a call about a pedestrian-car crash in the 6800 block of westbound U.S. Route 290. 

Police were able to determine that the victim was attempting to cross the road mid-block when he was struck by a Honda Odyssey. The victim, a 62-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The following accidents happened within minutes of each other, one in Houston and the other in Round Rock.

At around 9 p.m., a man and woman were attempting to cross South Main near 610 in Houston when they were struck by a pickup truck. One of the victims has been identified as a 49-year-old woman, but details regarding the male victim have not been released.

The driver of the truck stayed on the scene and cooperated with the police investigation. Officials say that the collision has been ruled as an accident.

At 9:15 p.m., in Round Rock, another pedestrian was killed in an auto accident. The victim was trying to cross the interstate from east to west when he was struck by a northbound vehicle. The driver of the vehicle remained on the scene and cooperated with the police.

Pedestrian Safety Tips for Texans

In 2020, there were more than 700 pedestrians killed in Texas auto accidents. On average, there were more than 13 pedestrian accidents per day in the state, resulting in an average of 2 fatalities. In Texas, the majority of pedestrian-car accidents happen in urban areas, with a disproportionate number of deaths occurring in low-income neighborhoods.

With Halloween right around the corner, it’s important that all of us do our part to stay safe — both as drivers and pedestrians. While pedestrian crashes can be caused by reckless driving, many of these accidents are the result of pedestrians crossing the road in an unsafe place. Jaywalking might not seem like such a big deal, but trying to cross busy highways can be deadly.

Keep yourself safe this spooky season with a little help from Lapeze & John’s handy pedestrian tips.

  1. Use Sidewalks
  2. Walk Facing Traffic
  3. Cross at Street Corners
  4. Stay Visible and Alert
  5. Always Look Both Ways
  6. Don’t Text and Walk

On Halloween, be sure to use extra caution on the road, and watch out for ghouls and goblins, too!

If you’ve been injured in a pedestrian-car crash, reach out to the experienced Houston auto accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns to learn about your options for relief.

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Source: FOX7, Nationwide Report, KXAN, ABC13

About Keith Lapeze

Keith Lapeze co-founded Lapeze & Johns with the focus of delivering dependable legal services to individuals hurt in accidents caused by negligence. After graduating third in his class from Louisiana State University Law Center, Mr. Lapeze continued his calling through commercial, environmental, and tort litigation where he is admitted to practice in both Texas and Louisiana, the United States Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Read more about Keith Lapeze here.