Police want pedestrians to take precautions following fatal Raleigh crash
Following the death of a 21-year-old woman who was struck by a car Wednesday night, friends and family are in mourning and police are working to get the word out about pedestrian safety.
Victoria Michelle Mccrae was struck by a car on Trawick Road near New Bern Avenue at about 10:25 p.m. Wednesday and later died as a result of her injuries at WakeMed. Authorities said she was wearing all black clothing and wasn’t in a crosswalk when she was hit.
In the Triangle, crossing the street can, at times, make for some close calls.
“I was crossing New Bern Avenue. The guy evidently wasn’t paying attention to the light and he just went through the light and if I hadn’t jumped back when I did, he would have hit me,” resident Robert Crudup said.
With distracted drivers, and with darkness coming so early during the winter, navigating the streets at night is even more of a concern.
“The most important thing for pedestrians is obviously to be seen,” Sgt. Brian Scioli with the Raleigh Police Department said.
Scioli’s work with the police department’s crash reconstruction team means he sees a lot of incidents involving pedestrians.
“The biggest thing is to wear reflective clothing, bright colored clothing, and if it’s low visibility, fog or at night time, wear some type of light,” he said.
In 2017, there were 231 vehicle crashes involving pedestrians with 14 fatalities. In 2018, there were 255 crashes involving pedestrians with 12 fatalities.
Scioli said pedestrians have a responsibility to be alert and aware of their surroundings.
“The ultimate goal is to reduce the accidents we’re seeing and the pedestrian fatalities,” he said.
To do that, pedestrians play a significant role.
“You really have to be mindful of how you’re moving and mindful of the traffic and how people drive,” Crudup said.