• June 05, 2017

Pedestrian Killed in Fridley, MN, UPS Truck Accident

Fridley, MN -- June 1, 2017, a woman was killed as the result of an accident in which she was struck by a UPS truck in a crosswalk.

Authorities from the Fridley Police Department were called out to the scene of the accident at around 1:30 p.m. at the intersection of University Avenue and Osborne Road.

Preliminary investigations indicate that a 78-year-old woman was attempting to cross Osborn on foot. Reports confirm she was in a crosswalk at the time. As she crossed, a UPS delivery truck driver was turning from northbound University onto Osborn. This resulted in the UPS truck crashing into the woman.

The woman's injuries proved fatal, and she was pronounced dead on the scene. Police did not report what factors might have caused the accident, but they say the UPS driver could face charges.

Investigations are ongoing.

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Commentary

I must say that I can't find any reason why this accident couldn't have been avoided. Just looking at the factors which are currently being reported indicates to me that the UPS driver in this accident should have had every opportunity to see the woman in the crosswalk and avoid hitting her. We're not talking about a rural street at 2 o' clock in the morning with trees and other visual obstructions. This was a wide open intersection with marked crosswalks during the middle of the afternoon. On top of that, the victim was a 78-year-old, who I very much doubt would have the ability to dart out into traffic as opposed to walking at slow or normal pace. This tells me that the likely reason this accident happened was simply because the truck driver was not paying attention to the roadway.

I've seen a lot of accidents with these details where a delivery truck driver, in an elevated truck, doesn't take the precaution that a pedestrian could be near their truck that they can't see at the moment. Because they're in a rush to make their deliveries, they don't take the extra few seconds it would take for the pedestrian to enter their view and pass them safely. It's a reasonable expectation that a pedestrian can cross in a marked crosswalk in broad daylight without a driver turning into them without having seen them at all. Unfortunately, there are too many examples where to a professional driver puts their job over the safety of others.

There will need to be a thorough investigation to determine exactly why this tragedy was allowed to happen. There could be factors that reports have not yet brought to light, it could have just been a simple lapse in judgement on the driver's part, or it could be the result of habitual and dangerous behavior. Whatever the case may be, those affected can only find justice once they know the full story of what occurred.

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