On November 24, a woman swerved across three lanes on Marshall Road in Upper Darby, PA to get around a traffic jam and slammed her car into two school children. She then drove on at high speed and hit a third boy, which threw him against a building and left him in a coma. According to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, a 12-year-old is in critical but stable condition at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
A 13-year-old and another 12-year-old were in serious condition being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The boys were leaving Beverly Hills Middle School when they were hit. Two of the boys were waiting to cross Marshall Road. The woman driving a Dodge Charger then swerved. When her car plowed into the two boys crossing Marshall Road, one of the boys was tossed into the air and bounced off the windshield, shattering it.
The car continued 15 yards and struck the other boy. The impact sent him into the side of an auto-parts store. The car did not stop.
The Dodge returned to the eastbound lanes, where it traveled 50 more yards before striking a Subaru station wagon. The force drove the Subaru into a parked Mercedes-Benz. The Dodge continued for an additional 20 yards before stopping. According to the article, police believe she was trying to get away. Police took the woman into custody and took her to Upper Darby police headquarters.
Every eight minutes a pedestrian is hurt in a traffic accident – that’s up to 65,000 injuries a year. And 5,000 or more pedestrians die every year in pedestrian accidents.