In Lexington, North Carolina, the recent death of an 11-year-old girl who was struck by a hit and run driver is serving as an example of the dangers of the roadside mailbox. Believe it or not, this is a place where drivers and pedestrians have regular close contact.
According to local Highway Patrol, Emily Nicole Locklear was crossing N.C. 150 to go check her family's mailbox at the entrance to Whispering Pines Mobile Home Park. She was hit by a 2002 Acura that was driven by 19-year-old Chrystal Michelle Luck.
The impact of Luck's vehicle was so forceful that the 11-year-old was thrown 100 feet and her shoes were knocked off of her feet. The Highway Patrol said that Luck did not remain at the scene of the accident and charges against her are pending. A spokesperson for the Highway Patrol also said that a preliminary report indicated that hit-and-run driving was a factor.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, pedestrian accidents near mailboxes are common and are more likely to involve children and the elderly. They usually happen on high-speed roads and are more likely to result in serious injuries or wrongful death.
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