Pedestrians are always at risk when they're on or near roads, but drivers need to be careful when they know that others could be on the roads or near them while running, biking or participating in other activities. If a runner or pedestrian is obeying the law and gets hit by a driver, then that driver should be held accountable and cover the expenses of the pedestrian's recovery.
In this case, two people were injured as a result of a driver not seeing them. The pair of runners was injured when hit by a car, according to a Nov. 9 report out of Bedford, New Hampshire. The news reports that both runners were hit early on the morning of Nov. 8. Both were taken to the hospital immediately following the crash.
The 58-year-old men had been jogging at around 7:00 a.m. when a 16-year-old driver approached in a Honda sedan and collided with the pair. Once emergency teams were on the scene, both men were taken to Elliot Hospital in Manchester, where one is expected to be released and the other remains in critical condition.
The two men took the same route almost every morning, the report indicates. It's not clear why the teen driver didn't stop or go around the men, but police have said that they are investigating the case and believe that there may have been frost on the window of the vehicle at the time that could have impaired the driver's vision. They have not said if they will press charges against the teen at this time.
It's important for drivers to make sure to clear frost and fog from their windows and to make sure they can see clearly in the morning. Paying attention and avoiding distractions could save lives.
Source: NewHampshire.com, "One runner injured in Bedford crash pulls through; the other remains in hospital ICU," Kimberly Houghton, Nov. 09, 2016