St Augustine was the scene of a deadly pedestrian hit and run accident Monday night that claimed the life of Dalton Khun. A candlelight vigil was held last night to remember the 16 year old teen. Family and friends gathered to share stories about Dalton. Friends of Dalton held signs declaring, "Justice for Dalton." Sadly the driver did not call 911 and the youth did not receive any medical care .Dalton was found on the side of U.S. 312 near Plantation Island Parkway Tuesday morning. Police believe the vehicle was a 2003 to 2007 Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra truck (or a similar model) The truck is reported to be missing a black side mirror and may have damage to the right side of the truck. Anyone that has any information or sees a truck with damage that fits this description is asked to call the St Augustine police at 904-825-1070 or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 888-277-8477.
Three fatal accidents occurred this weekend all three unrelated separate accidents in Jacksonville have left heartbreak for the families and many unanswered questions for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. The first of this tragic string of accidents a hit-and-run occurred Saturday morning on Atlantic Blvd. at Acme Street when Fransico Antunez attempted to cross Atlantic Blvd he was struck by a vehicle. According to a witness, a vehicle in the right hand lane struck Antunez slowed down and then fled the scene. Police are asking any potential witnesses to please come forward. The second fatal pedestrian accident in this tragic story occurred Saturday night. Jose Irizarry was struck by a vehicle on Beach Blvd. near DeSalvo Road. The victim had already died from injuries sustained in the accident when police arrived at the scene. The driver in this accident stopped to help and is cooperating with the police investigation. The final Jacksonville pedestrian fatality this weekend occurred Sunday morning around 8:44 a.m. on Matthews Bridge. Ricky Dailey was walking east on the Matthews Bridge when a vehicle struck the 29 year old man from behind propelling his body over the railing of the bridge to the embankment below. The victim was found on Victoria Street where he had fallen. Dailey sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene. The driver fled the scene after striking Dailey. Police believe they may have found a possible vehicle but the accident is still under investigation. They are requesting that anyone with any information about an accident on the ramp or bridge Sunday morning to please call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500. If you have information about either of the hit-and-run accidents in this article please contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office they need your help to locate the drivers involved.
Pedestrian fatality rates in the Jacksonville area rank among the highest in the state along with the Miami area and the Bevard County area. On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every seven minutes in traffic crashes in the United States. Fourteen percent of all traffic fatalities and an estimated 3 percent of those injured in traffic crashes were pedestrians." (Traffic Safety Facts: Pedestrians, April 2014) Unfortunately, pedestrians were one of the few groups of road users to experience an increase in fatalities in the United States according to the most recent data released. Our seniors and our children are the two groups most at risk. Pedestrians ages 65 and older accounted for 19% of all pedestrian deaths and an estimated 10% of all pedestrians injured according to the latest data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Older adults move slower when crossing busy highways, their vision is often impaired making it more difficult for them to judge traffic. Tragically 20 percent of the children under the age of 15 killed in traffic accidents were killed in pedestrian accidents. Children ages 10-15 showed the highest rate of pedestrian injuries in the report. Children move fast and are often excited and impulsive not fully aware of the dangers posed by traffic. The opportunity for parents, caregivers and loved ones to encourage safety among seniors and children can begin with brochures available through the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. http://www.nhtsa.gov/nhtsa/everyoneisapedestrian/index.html
A tragic pedestrian accident has claimed the life of 74 year old George Maxell Point on Saturday. George Maxwell was busy planning a garage sale placing signs along County Road 218 in Middleburg as he stepped onto the highway he was struck by a Toyota Camry. The accident is still under investigation. Neighbors have sited speed as an issue on that highway. The speed limit is 45 but many drivers reportedly exceed the speed limit on County Road 218 in Middleburg. Sadly, pedestrian accidents in the Jacksonville area continue to escalate.