16-Year-Old Oakley Boy, 18-Year-Old Pittsburg Woman Killed in Brentwood Pedestrian Accident on Byron Highway
Contra Costa County, California (September 5, 2021) – Two teenage pedestrians were killed after they were struck by a vehicle late Saturday night in Brentwood, according to the California Highway Patrol.
At about 11:14 p.m. Saturday, September 4, the CHP officers responded to the 8321 block of Byron Highway to investigate a report of two pedestrians having been hit by a vehicle.
CHP said the pedestrians, a 16-year-old Oakley boy and an 18-year-old Pittsburg woman, were hit by a 2002 Subaru Impreza driven by an 18-year-old male from Knightsen
Both pedestrians were pronounced dead at the scene. The names of the victim have not been disclosed pending notification of their respective families.
Authorities determined that the 18 year-old-driver of the Subaru was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident. He was eventually arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of felony DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter.
Further details about the crash were not immediately provided.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
Notable Pedestrian Accident Statistics According to the California Office of Traffic Safety:
- 893 pedestrians were killed, and more than 14,000 were injured on California roadways in 2018.
- California’s pedestrian fatality is almost 25% higher than the national average.
- California is among the leading states in pedestrian deaths.
Safety Tips for Pedestrians
- Make yourself visible to other road users by wearing bright colored clothes, reflector jackets, or using a flashlight when walking at night.
- Avoid distractions such as using your phone while on the streets.
- Cross streets on marked crosswalks and obey traffic lights.
- Always pay attention to your surroundings.
- Be predictable by observing all traffic rules and obeying signs and signals.
Safety Tips for Drivers
- Look out for pedestrians, particularly in hard-to-see conditions, for example, at night and in bad weather.
- Yield and be ready to stop whenever a pedestrian has the right-of-way.
- Be cautious when parking or backing up – pedestrians can move across your path.
- Observe all traffic rules.
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