Drivers of public transportation vehicles are on the road a lot, and it’s important that they keep an eye out for pedestrians. Likewise, for their own safety, pedestrians should look out for oncoming vehicles when they are crossing streets. Sadly, a taxi-pedestrian accident recently claimed a life.
The victim was a pedestrian who was struck by a taxi in the St. Andrews area recently. Immediately after the fatal car accident, no names had been released and no charges had been filed. A spokesperson for the Panama City Police says the accident report was unavailable and he was not authorized to provide further details.
The victim was struck on a recent evening at around 5 p.m., in front of the Black Angus restaurant. He was apparently pinned under the car and sustained critical head injuries. He was taken to a nearby hospital by paramedics. The victim overnight died as a result of the head injuries he sustained in the accident, according to the Panama City News Herald.
The fatal accident occurred when the victim allegedly walked out in front of the taxi while it was headed down a busy road. The scene of the accident, U.S. Highway 98, which is also known as 15th Street, was shut down from Michigan Avenue to 23rd Street until 9:30 the same evening to allow for time for the police to investigate at the scene of the accident. During the investigation, motorists were detoured to another route.
Source: Panama City News Herald, “Pedestrian hit by taxi dies overnight,” Dec. 10, 2011