It's every driver's worst nightmare. You're going down the road and suddenly, out of nowhere, a pedestrian walks into traffic and in front of your vehicle. How would you feel if you found out the pedestrian was so intoxicated he didn't remember getting hit by a car?
That was the case recently in Canton, when a 25-year-old man was critically injured late on the night of Aug. 2 on Michigan Avenue.
People who are intoxicated may put themselves in danger by ignoring crosswalks and wandering into the road. According to the report by police, the man who was hit is lucky to be alive and he is expected to recover. Had the man been killed, it would have impacted the driver's life forever.
For drivers, this news story serves as a cautionary tale and a reminder to be extra cautious and vigilant, especially in a college town where young people may not make good decisions while drinking. The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments reports that about 65 percent of fatal car accidents involving a pedestrian happen when the person is not in a designated crosswalk.
Overall, pedestrian fatalities are up in southeast Michigan during the last several years. The number of fatalities has risen from 64 in 2007 to 103 in 2015. This pedestrian accident is a good example of why drivers must always be aware of their surroundings and why pedestrians who have drank too much should make arrangements for getting home safely.
Source: "Police: Drunken pedestrian can't remember car hitting him," Detroit Free Press, Aug. 4, 2016.