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Car accidents involving pedestrians concern Colorado town

The death of a woman who was struck by a vehicle has caused some concern as to the safety of the roads in an Adams County community. Colorado police continue to investigate the accident that killed an 81-year-old woman, whose identity was not initially released. The woman was struck on the evening of July 17 as she crossed a road in Broomfield. Unfortunately, car accidents such as this one have occurred before, giving rise to an increasing concern for pedestrian safety on the city's streets.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred at just about 8 p.m. Meanwhile, the operator of the motor vehicle, whose identity has also not been released, did not suffer any injuries. Police have stated that they do not believe that drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident. The accident was said to have occurred mid-block.

Previous accident reports have shown that three Broomfield pedestrians, including the recent victim, have been killed in the past five years, the most recent being in February 2011. This new accident has continued to raise concerns regarding pedestrian safety on the city's roads. The mayor said he has yet to discuss the most recent accident with the city council, but he expects to do so soon.

Car accidents occur for a variety of reasons, often due to driver negligence. Despite many of these accidents being attributed to the fault of the driver, the safety and location of crosswalks in the city is an issue that the city council has revisited and will continue to discuss. It is not yet known if the family of the deceased woman from the most recent tragedy will turn to Colorado courts to seek relief in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit, based on allegations of negligence.

Source: Boulder Daily Camera, "Broomfield police still probing auto-pedestrian accident that killed 81-year-old woman Tuesday night," Megan Quinn, July 20, 2012

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