Pedestrian killed as she tries to cross North Fort Myers road

pedestrian crossingA pedestrian was killed as she tried to cross Hancock Bridge Parkway near Orange Grove Boulevard in North Fort Myers about 8 a.m. this morning.

Officials are still investigating but it appears 84-year-old Nivea Sarabia walked in front of a car, according to WINK News. She died on the scene. Follow the story.

It’s difficult to say what happened in this crash. Did the woman not see the oncoming traffic? Did she think she had time to make it? There should have been clear skies so weather and the amount of light should not have been a factor.

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center offers these safety tips for pedestrians:

Be Safe and Be Seen: Make yourself visible to drivers

  • Wear bright/light colored clothing and reflective materials.
  • Carry a flashlight when walking at night.
  • Cross the street in a well-lit area at night.
  • Stand clear of buses, hedges, parked cars, or other obstacles before crossing so drivers can see you.

Be Smart and Alert: Avoid dangerous behaviors

  • Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
  • Stay sober; walking while impaired increases your chance of being struck.
  • Don’t assume vehicles will stop. Make eye contact with drivers, don’t just look at the vehicle. If a driver is on a cell phone, he or she may not be paying enough attention to drive safely.
  • Don’t rely solely on pedestrian signals. Look before you cross the road.
  • Be alert to engine noise or backup lights on cars when in parking lots and near on-street parking spaces.

Be Careful at Crossings: Look before you step

  • Cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections, if possible.
  • Obey traffic signals such as WALK/DON’T WALK signs.
  • Look left, right, and left again before crossing a street.
  • Watch for turning vehicles. Make sure the driver sees you and will stop for you.
  • Look across ALL lanes you must cross and visually clear each lane before proceeding. Even if one motorist stops, do not presume drivers in other lanes can see you and will stop for you.
  • Don’t wear headphones or talk on a cell phone while crossing.

At Bernardo Injury Law, we have helped many victims involved in any type of accident or their family members. We know how devastating this can be to a family. If you need some advice, contact us at (239) 332-3000 or toll free at 888-428-8943, email us at gethelp@injuryinfo.org or visit our website at injuryinfo.org.

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