Touching-Up a News Story on Someone Killed Walking in Albuquerque

Here’s the original story to this point from the Local Paper of Record.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A woman died late Tuesday after being struck by a car at Central and Wyoming NE.

Initial investigation by police conclude that a vehicle was traveling west on Central and was crossing through the intersection with Wyoming with a green light when she stepped into the path of the oncoming car.

The pedestrian died as a result of her injuries.

The identities of the driver and the pedestrian were not released.

The story is not egregiously poor in relative quality. It’s fine in the context of how pretty much any and all “pedestrian fatality” stories have been written/reported for years and years and years.

But let’s do a bit of touch-up…

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Woman dies after being struck by car driver

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A woman died late Tuesday after being struck by an car unidentified driver at Central and Wyoming NE.

Initial investigation by police conclude that a vehicle the driver was traveling west on Central and was crossing through the marked crosswalk at the Wyoming intersection with Wyoming with a green light, preliminarily indicating the driver was legally permitted to cross through the intersection. when she stepped into the path of the oncoming car. 

Police initially conclude the victim stepped into the driver’s path in a manner that made the crash unavoidable. This preliminary finding will be finalized after more investigation. 

The pedestrian died as a result of her injuries.

The identities of the driver and the pedestrian were not immediately released. Such information will, however, be made publicly available in the Crash Report compiled from all such incidents.

The recently finalized Regional Transportation Safety Action Plan notes that the intersection of Central and Wyoming is part of the region’s “High Fatal and Injury Network” (HFIN), a list (and map seen below) of roadways and intersections with significantly higher rates of crashes, including those involving pedestrians. The Network map shows that Central and Wyoming had 181 crashes between reporting years of 2011 and 2015, with 55 of those fatal, and 8 involving those walking this intersection, a rate more than two times higher than average in the region. 

More information regarding this incident and efforts to make intersections such as Central and Wyoming safer will be made available as police complete their investigation and regional planners implement findings from the Safety Action Plan.

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