Maryland State Police (MSP) investigating two fatal pedestrian crashes this month, including three in the past week alone.
The latest fatal crash occurred at about 7:45 p.m. on Monday when a 30-year-old woman from Elkton, Md. was struck and killed while crossing a dimly-lit area along northbound Elkton Road (MD 279) in Cecil County.
A 31-year-old Pennsylvania woman died after she was struck by an SUV at approximately 10:45 p.m. on Oct. 13 in the area of eastbound Pulaski Highway (U.S. Rt. 40) west of Mechanics Valley Road in Cecil County.
Two additional incidents involving the deaths of pedestrians are also under investigation my MSP.
A 51-year-old Clinton, Md. man was fatally struck in a possible DUI crash that occurred shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday on the outer loop of I-495 at St. Barnabas Road in Prince George’s County. According to a preliminary report, the victim was attempting to change the tire of his vehicle when he was struck.
A 44-year-old Brooklyn, Md. man died after he was struck by a truck at about 5:45 a.m. on Oct. 11 on southbound MD 295 north of I-195 in Anne Arundel County. The victim, in this case, was walking along the highway after he was initially involved in a single-vehicle crash on the road.
Between 2013 and 2017, an average of 111 pedestrians were killed and 3,058 were injured annually in pedestrian-related crashes in Maryland, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Highway Safety Office. Nationally, there were 5,987 pedestrian fatalities reported in 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This figure highlights a trend of increases nationally, as there were 4,779 pedestrian crashes reported in 2013, followed by 4,910 in 2014 and 5,495 in 2015, according to the NHTSA.