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Texas crash kills pedestrian on Highway 6

Law enforcement authorities reported that a pedestrian was killed while attempting to cross North State Highway 6. The accident happened around 2:30 a.m. on March 27.

The pedestrian, who was believed to be in his mid-40s, apparently attempted to cross the highway in an area that police said was dark. He was reportedly struck by a Honda Civic traveling in the road's inner lane. The driver told law enforcement authorities that he did not see the pedestrian before striking him.

The driver remained at the accident scene and the pedestrian was pronounced dead by rescue personnel. Police said the driver was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. They reported they are uncertain whether or not the pedestrian may have been under the influence. Law enforcement officials said that they are continuing to investigate the accident's cause. No charges were filed against the driver.

Auto-pedestrian accidents are much more likely to be fatal than are accidents involving only motor vehicles. Unlike car occupants, pedestrians are not protected from the shock and impact of a collision. While it appears the driver in this case will likely be found not to be at fault, in some cases a pedestrian may be killed because of the negligence of a driver. When that happens, the pedestrian's family may suffer substantial and unexpected losses. Family members may want to consult with a personal injury attorney about the advisability of filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault motorist seeking compensation for funeral and burial expenses and other losses.

Source: Chron, "Pedestrian killed crossing Highway 6," Mónica Rojas, March 27, 2016.

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