Tragedy struck a small neighborhood just outside of New Castle last evening. A 62-year-old man was walking along the 2500 block of U.S. Route 422/Benjamin Franklin Highway, northwest of New Castle, when he was struck by a vehicle and killed.
The victim was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Ohio where he was eventually pronounced dead upon arrival.
The driver of the car is a 58-year-old man from Pulaski, PA. He told police at the scene that he did not see the man. Police estimate that the victim was attempting to cross the street to go to his home at around 7 p.m. when he was hit by the car, though they are continuing to investigate the details of the accident.
An autopsy has yet to be completed, but personnel with the Mahoning County Coroner's Office think that blunt force trauma is what ultimately killed the man.
Harsh weather conditions and early nightfall can be a dangerous combination. Drivers and pedestrians alike must pay close attention to their surroundings, especially during the winter months. The man's death is one of numerous pedestrian accidents that have taken place throughout western Pennsylvania in the past few months.
Source: Vindy.com, "Pedestrian killed in Lawrence County accident" 5 February 2014