A woman lost her life after she was struck by a vehicle at around 2:25 in the early morning hours of Sunday, January 3 along Interstate 40 at Summer Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee. According to preliminary investigations made by the police, the woman had left her vehicle along the side of the road and was hit by another vehicle while attempting to cross the interstate.
The victim was rushed to Regional One hospital on Jefferson Avenue where she succumbed to her injuries.
The driver of the vehicle that struck the victim was identified as an 18-year-old woman, who was cited for not having a license. Apparently the driver had only been issued a driver’s permit. The victim was not publicly identified pending notification of her family.
A second collision occurred shortly after and involved a police officer who was in the process of transporting a prisoner along northbound I-40. Apparently, a second vehicle swerved into the officer’s lane causing his squad car to collide with the rear portion of the vehicle. The driver of the second car left the scene of the collision, and the officer was cited for failure to maintain a safe lookout.
A pedestrian was killed along Maynardville Pike in North Cox County in Tennessee on Tuesday, December 1, after being struck by two vehicles. The man was in the southbound lanes of the highway when a Chevrolet pickup truck swerved to miss him. The next vehicle, a Ford F-150 truck, was unable to avoid the collision and struck the man at around 5:55 in the evening. While lying in the street, the pedestrian was then hit again by a Tennessee Highway Patrol Cruiser driven by trooper Adam Bowman while the officer was on his way to a crash scene on Interstate 40.
It is unknown how much time passed between the first and second impact. The body of the victim was transported to the Regional Forensic Center where the autopsy identified the man as 64-year-old Charles Matthews. The scene shut down the highway until 10:00 p.m. Investigators are still working to determine the exact cause of the accident and no charges have been made. No other injuries were reported.
The experiment with bike and pedestrian lanes on Riverside Drive in Memphis is over, according to the Commercial Appeal on April 1, and the iconic road will revert back to four traffic lanes.
The creation of bicycle lanes was introduced by an urban planner commissioned by the city, but residents complained of increased traffic congestion. Moreover, reports indicated that car accidents on the road actually increased. Although the bike lanes were created to open access to the riverfront, only around 19 bicyclists a day used the road compared to 14,000 motor vehicles.
Mayor A C Wharton said the boulevard would return to its original configuration until a new plan is developed that will suit motorists as well as provide protection for pedestrians and bicyclists.
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