A 21-year-old man, Richard Ederton, was skateboarding on Saturday night when he was struck by a vehicle. The accident happened near Bernie, Missouri when an 18-year-old female driver collided with Ederton on MO 25. Authorities responded to emergency calls at around 11 p.m. near the crossing of Crumb Street. According to the Bernie Police Department, witnesses claim Ederton had been skateboarding along the highway when he was struck by the northbound vehicle. He was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee with serious injuries. The Bernie Police Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol are investigating the accident. Ederton is listed in critical condition.
A large amount of Americans choose walking and bicycling as their preferred mode of transportation. In the past, it has been considered one of the safest ways to travel, but recently statistics proves that it can be very dangerous. In fact, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in accidents in 2012, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Due to their vulnerability and exposure, pedestrians are one and a half times more likely to be killed in an accident than a person traveling in a passenger vehicle. Drivers who become distracted, operate a vehicle under the influence, or drive aggressively are examples of drivers who cause pedestrian accidents.
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