Two Amherst Teens Critically Injured While Crossing Street

by | June 11th, 2012

June 12, 2012

A staggering number of children are killed and injured each year while trying to cross the street. The US Department of Transportation estimates that 20% of all children killed in traffic collisions were pedestrians. Despite the government’s best efforts to make these walkways safer, the annual number of accidents continues to climb.

One such case involves two Amherst, New York, teens that are currently in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle while crossing the street. WGRZ 2 News reports that the accident occurred on Saturday just before 7:30 p.m. on Maple Road.

Police reports indicate that the two victims and a friend were attempting to cross the road, which is located next to a residential area and has no crosswalk. The victims had been in the median when they attempted to dart across the second lane between two cars. The driver of an oncoming Jeep did not have time to stop for the two girls and struck them both.

Rescue crews arrived shortly after the accident thanks to a local police officer that witnessed the incident. The victims were then transported to local hospitals for treatment.

The New York Auto Accident Lawyers with the William Mattar Law Offices say that most New York Pedestrian Accidents can be prevented if drivers would remember to yield right of way to pedestrians by always looking twice at intersections. Pedestrians should also utilize crosswalks and obey traffic signs at all times.