Troubling statistics show rise in deadly crashes involving pedestrians
Deadly crashes involving pedestrians are happening more and more across the country.
Numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show a sharp rise.
In seconds families lives are changed forever.
Brenda Miracle still grapples with what happened to her son Jeffrey Lee.
Lee left a Fraternal Order f Eagles when Scott Gunn from Burton smashed into him.
That crash killed Jeffrey.
Now all Brenda has left are memories.
Every week Brenda Miracle spends hours driving to and from work.
While focusing on the road Brenda's mind often drifts to thinking about her son Jeffrey Lee.
“Energetic, funny, I used to call him a workaholic because he loved to work and he loved to help people,” she said.
Her mind also goes back to the night that was supposed to end on a happy note. Jeffrey left a wedding reception. Brenda got a call from a hospital not long after. The apple of her eye never made it home.
“I said is he ok still nothing and I said did Jeffrey die, and she said yeah,” she said.
Now nearly five years later, Brenda's living a new life. It started the moment she lost her son.
“It comes like waves. Some days are ok other days aren’t ok,” she said.
Brenda's far from alone. Troubling data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows a 46% increase in pedestrian deaths since 2009. Michigan State Police Sergeant Rick Jones says here it's different.
“Michigan has gone down four% of pedestrian fatalities from last year to this year,” he said.
He believes drunk and distracted driving both come into play. He also says pedestrians also often don't watch where they're going.
“It's not just that person their whole family's ruined the person who hit them their life is ruined,” he said.
People like Brenda, who sometimes takes comfort in believing Jeffrey is always by her side.
“He's my copilot,” she said.