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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children are two to four times more likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other night of the year.
On October 31, three teenage girls in costume were killed by a SUV while they were out trick-or-treating in Southern California. The 13-year-old girls, twin sisters and a friend, were hit in a crosswalk near an elementary school. Two of the girls were declared dead immediately while the third girl died as paramedics prepared to take her to the hospital. The driver did not stop and police were seeking the two men who were in the SUV at the time of the accident. According to the police, the vehicle was traveling at a high speed, reported MSN News (11.1.14).
Also on Halloween night, two seven-year-old girls and a 20-year-old woman in Washington State sustained life-threatening injuries when they were hit by a car while trick-or-treating in Vancouver. MSN reported that a car jumped a curb and hit the three. The car’s driver remained at the scene.
In New York State, a car killed a three-year-old boy and seriously injured a 16-year-old girl on Halloween night while they were out trick-or-treating. The car struck the children as they were crossing a two-lane road in Greece.
In Florida, a two-year-old out trick-or-treating died when he a bus hit him. He was out trick-or-treating with a group when he climbed out of his stroller and was hit by the bus driver who did not seen him in the street.
According to a study conducted by State Farm which used data from more than four million accident records in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) collected between 1990 and 2010, an average of 5.5 children under18 years of age were killed in Halloween pedestrian accidents each year. This number is more than double the average number of 2.6 children who die in pedestrian accidents on the other calendar days.
Nearly one-fourth of the fatal pedestrian accidents involving children occurred between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM, the time when it begins to get dark. An estimated 70 percent of those accidents occurred in the middle of the block, and not at intersections or corners. This number included many eager children who had run between parked cars.
Children ages 12-15 suffered the highest number of Halloween night fatalities, accounting for 32 percent of the deaths. Children ages 5-8 accounted for 23 percent of the victims of deadly Halloween pedestrian accidents.
“The analysis of this data highlights the particular need for parents to be especially alert during Halloween,” said a representative from State Farm.
The MSN story cited is “Series of accidents dampen Halloween activities.”