A softball player at Pasco-Hernando State College was killed Monday night while jogging on a Pasco County sidewalk.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 19-year-old was killed as she jogged on a sidewalk along State Road 52 and was struck by a vehicle.
Troopers said the crash happened at 10:05 p.m. when the 22-year-old driver lost control of his 1999 Ford Escort, went onto the sidewalk and struck woman.
The Escort then hit a guardrail before finally stopping in an outside lane of State Road 52 near Chenwood Avenue.
The woman died at the scene. She was an honor student and was graduating next week.
The driver of the Escort suffered minor injuries.
The crash remains under investigation and no charges have been filed as of yet.
Running is a popular form of exercise and Florida’s year-round warm climate provides residents with the ability to run or jog pretty much every day of the year if they would like. Unfortunately, whenever cars and people share the road there is the potential for serious accidents.
When a car hits any pedestrian, whether they are running, walking, jogging or even biking, the pedestrian always loses. Joggers hit by cars often suffer serious injuries and fractures. Depending on the speed of the car, the force of the impact may result in spinal trauma, traumatic brain injury or even wrongful death.