Authorities are investigating a pedestrian accident that claimed the life of a female in Anchorage, Alaska on Tuesday morning. According to the Anchorage Police Department, a female in her 40s was walking on a sidewalk along on East Fifth Street when she fell into the street and was struck by a minivan. Police responded to the accident at around 9:45 a.m. and pronounced the woman dead at the scene of the accident. The driver of the vehicle, a Pontiac minivan, remained at the scene and is cooperating with authorities. The preliminary results of the investigation do not indicate the driver committed any traffic violations and police do not believe any citations will be issued. The identity of the victim will be released once next of kin is notified.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in accidents involving motor vehicles in 2013. Pedestrians are vulnerable while traveling near roadways because drivers may have difficulty seeing them near their vehicles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourage all pedestrians to exercise all safety precautions to avoid a pedestrian accident. These precautions include wearing reflective clothing, walking in well-lit areas, and using crosswalks and sidewalks when available. Unfortunately, the safest pedestrian could be injured in a pedestrian accident due to the negligence of motorists.
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