Lubbock Police break down fatal crash numbers over the years

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So far this year, seven people have died in crashes around the city, three of those involving pedestrians. 

Lubbock Police said the numbers vary from year to year, but they want to remind drivers, and pedestrians, to keep a close eye on the roads. 

In 2018, there were 20 fatal crashes, five of those involving pedestrians. In 2017, 26 fatal crashes and nine pedestrians killed. 

Sergeant Time Seely, with the Lubbock Police Department, said the majority of the fatal pedestrian crashes were because the person didn’t yield to the car. 

“A pedestrian when they’re crossing, they have to cross at a crosswalk,” said Seely. “Or a pedestrian bridge. When they’re crossing in between two streets, where there is a crosswalk, they have to walk in a diagonal and yield to the traffic that is on the roadway.”

If you take a look at the numbers from the last three years, the number of deadly crashes are going down only slightly.

In 2017, 26 people died in crashes and nine of them pedestrians. In 2016, 27 deadly crashes and seven people killed while trying to cross the street. 

“When that light is blinking red, you have a duty to stop and yield to any traffic that’s in that crosswalk and then proceed from there,” said Seely. “But if its a solid red, you have to stop until the blinking red comes on and that’s a lot of your pedestrian crosswalks area lights on University Avenue,” 

Seely said these types of accidents happen most often in major parking ltos, on the Marsha Sharp freeway, in between Avenue Q and University Avenue, and on Avenue Q between 23rd and 28th street. 

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