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Tragically pedestrian accidents have cast a shadow of grief over our city in October as they seemed to escalate during the last few weeks. Jacksonville had the unfortunate distinction of making international news over a tragic pedestrian accident on October 18th. Trevius Williams was only 16 years old when he was hit and killed as he attempted to cross Lem Turner Road. The tragic accident made international news when the driver that hit Trevius posted a photo of his body on social media. This social media post caused this young man's family tremendous pain at a time when they were already suffering greatly. Tragically pedestrian accidents continued through the month. October 26th A 12 year old Orange Park boy suffered injuries when a SUV struck the boy as he crossed the street. The same evening on Moncreif Road in Jacksonville Earl Dickerson Jr. was killed as he attempted to cross the road. October 29th Kelly Black a 42 year old woman was struck and killed by a hit- and- run tractor-trailer driver as she walked her dog. According to police, Kelly Black was shoved 30 feet before the driver's heartless exit the police are still looking for the driver. Her dog was left at the scene unharmed but incredibly shaken by the tragic loss of his beloved owner. A Jacksonville man died in separate accident on the same day as he stood on a sidewalk at West 30th and Marlo streets. The accident occurred as a result of two cars colliding while one of the vehicles lost control the pedestrian was struck and killed. Halloween night a woman was killed as she was walking on I-10 in Baker County. She was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer. According to Police the tractor-trailer driver remained at the scene. Pedestrians often encounter serious injuries or even death when they are hit by a motor vehicle. All of the incidents above back up the statistics all too well with only one survivor among the many accidents in our area over a short time period. Our beautiful fall weather puts more people on our roadways walking and riding bikes and motorcycles. It is so sad when you consider how many families are forever changed by pedestrian accidents. Share the Road! 

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