Fatal crashes that kill pedestrians often go under the radar because compared to other 'newsworthy' crashes, they're relatively common--usually about 100 per year (down from about 200, I think, when I started paying attention), although this year it should be fewer. They are normally reported in local newspapers only and make larger papers when there's a distinctive angle that makes them particularly tragic. It's a shame, but that seems to be how newspapers work.
This is one such case, which happened in Cheam. A suspected drunk driver who didn't stop killed a young mother who leaves two daughters, with the crash witnessed by some of her friends:
After the suspected drink-driver above, here's one suspected to have been under the influence of drugs, and who in that state killed a toddler:
Drug-driving has become an increasingly common factor, and you see it mentioned in crash reports all the time.
One of the adults accompanying the child is also in critical condition.
I study a lot of crashes, but it's been a long time since I've found one so upsetting as this one.
It makes me absolutely sick.
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A bad crash in Stamford Hill, one person in a life-threatening condition:
The Standard has CCTV footage, which I haven't watched, but as ever, don't watch if you don't like people getting hit.
It was here:
Another article on it with a witness appeal:
An unusual crash in New York, with nine injuries, serious in the driver's case.
I imagine that if this had not been an articulated bus, it could have been much worse. It seems that with the rear end still up on the overpass, the effect of the crash was less serious for those in the front end.
Here's a tragic, sudden, and completely unnecessary death of a pedestrian who was killed by a driver while crossing at the north end of Battersea Bridge (junction of Cheyne Walk, Chelsea Embankment, Battersea Bridge, and Beaufort Street). RIP Jack Ryan.
(I have no idea if this was a factor in the death, but the longstanding problem with this junction is the complete absence of proper pedestrian crossings. There are only narrow strips marked out without a pedestrian signal phase. It looks as if it hasn't been touched for decades, which is strange, as this is such a glaringly obvious problem. I wonder what the blockage is. Obviously, it shouldn't take a death to cause action, but unfortunately that's often what happens.)
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