A recent report from the NHTSA offered sobering statistics for pedestrians and bicyclists on American roadways. Fatalities among drivers and passengers in vehicles fell slightly in 2018, but there was a spike in the number of pedestrian and bicyclist deaths. The state of California in particular is notorious for its deadly crashes, and it was ranked as the 16th most dangerous state in Smart Growth America’s annual crash data report. Nationally, the deaths of pedestrians and bicyclists rose 34.5%, but in California, that number rose a bit more, 38.4%. The cities in California with the highest risk of pedestrians being injured or killed in a collision were Bakersfield, Visalia-Porterville, Fresno, Yuba City, Madera, Riverside-San Bernardino, Modesto, Redding, Stockton-Lodi, and El Centro.
The Modesto Bee reports that a motorcyclist and a pedestrian were badly hurt in a crash in Stanislaus.
The accident occurred on April 22 at about 10:40 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 33 at Frank Cox Road.
61-year-old Randy Stuart was riding a 2008 Harley-Davidson Road King north along Highway 33. 62-year-old Felipe Perez was standing on the west shoulder, south of the intersection.
Perez did not see Stuart approaching the intersection and stepped into the path of the motorcycle. Stuart applied his brakes and steered to the right but was unable to avoid a collision with Perez.
Stuart was thrown from his motorcycle, which continued north before coming to a stop on the shoulder.
Perez suffered from fractured ankles and was airlifted to a hospital. Stuart also suffered from a fractured ankle and lacerations to his leg.