Pedestrian deaths continue to increase across the U.S, and South Carolina is no stranger to the trend. From 2003 through 2012, 1,020 persons died while walking in South Carolina. Nationally during the same time period, 47,025 pedestrians died, which represented 12.3 percent of all traffic deaths. But by the time 2012 rolled around, 15 percent of all deaths were pedestrians in that year alone.
In our own area in 2017, a number of pedestrian deaths occurred:
- At one point during 2017, five pedestrians died within a five-mile radius of Greenville over a 14-day time span.