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PLR 24-002 - PMV-Pedestrian/Non-Motorist Mishap Claims One Soldier's Life

A 28-year-old Sergeant assigned to Fort Cavazos, Texas, died in a PMV-Pedestrian/Non-Motorist mishap 8 October 2023 in Austin, Texas, at 0315 local. The Soldier was struck by a civilian vehicle while crossing the street at a crosswalk and sustained fatal injuries. The Austin Police Department (APD) responded to the scene. It is currently unknown where the Soldier was coming from or headed or who notified 911. The unit/safety points of contact are waiting for APD to release its final report.

Since 2019, the Army has lost an average of five Soldiers a year to off-duty PMV-Pedestrian/Non-Motorist mishaps. This was the first off-duty PMV-Pedestrian/Non-Motorist fatality of FY24 and above the number of off-duty PMV-Pedestrian/Non-Motorist fatalities from this time last year.
 

Safety tips

At some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian. Unfortunately, pedestrian injuries and fatalities remain high. In 2021, 7,388 pedestrians were killed – a 13 percent increase from 2020 – and more than 60,000 pedestrians were injured nationwide. NHTSA raises awareness of the dangers to pedestrians and provides tips to keep pedestrians safe. 

8 Walking Safety Tips 

  • Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals. 
  • Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available. 
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible. 
  • Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right. 
  • If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross. 
  • Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways or backing up in parking lots. 
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment. 
  • Embrace walking as a healthy form of transportation – get up, get out and get moving. 

8 Safety Tips for Drivers 

  • Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times. 
  • Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or bad weather. 
  • Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk. 
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too. 
  • Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing where you can’t see. 
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. 
  • Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street, in school zones and in neighborhoods where children are present. 
  • Be extra cautious when backing up and look for pedestrians. 

Tips provided by NHTSA 

 

 

  • 12 October 2023
  • Author: USACRC Editor
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