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Local accident leaves one dead in Shively

As residents of Louisville, Kentucky’s South End are aware, the Dixie Highway can be a dangerous place to drive. As WAVE 3 News reports, a recent car accident in Shively left a local man dead from injuries in the crash. He was on foot and was hit while attempting to cross the Dixie Highway, which is four lanes wide. The man was struck at night on April 12, and law enforcement does not expect to file criminal charges against the driver.

Deaths on highways across the state are up, according to the Courier-Journal reports that state officials are urging drivers to take caution and slow down. In fact, near the end of October 2016 road fatalities were outpacing the year before by 29 deaths,  with 59 of the fatalities being pedestrians who were struck. By October 2016, there were 238 deaths from people in car accidents who were not wearing seat belts.  Of the accidents accounted for, 154 fatal accidents involved distracted drivers and 90 of the deaths involved speeding. Alcohol was a factor in 110 of the deadly crashes. Motorcyclists accounted for 81 of the deaths reported and 50 of those fatalities had no helmets while driving. In total, there were 640 highway deaths in Kentucky before the end of October.

And across the nation, the death rate on highways rose or the first time since 1966, and 2016 was on pace to increase more than 10 percent over fatal accidents in the first half of 2016. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that car crashes are a result of driver error in more than 90 percent of all collisions.



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