On December 18, 2013, a 90-year-old retired professor named Francis Margaret Parsons was struck and killed by a vehicle as she walked her dog near the access ramp of a parking garage in Washington D.C. The elderly woman was taken to a nearby hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries and died.
The general manager of the condominium that the 90-year-old had lived in stated that residents were getting ready for a Christmas party when the accident happened.
“A gentleman came in and said ‘someone is lying in the driveway,’ so by the time the assistant manager and the lobby desk agent went out, they realized it was Mrs. Parsons,” stated the general manager.
The accident remains under investigation. The driver of the car has not been charged.
Mrs. Parsons led an amazing and accomplished life before she was struck and killed by a negligent driver as a pedestrian, and did it all while deaf. At the age of 83, she spoke at a Virginia Association of the Deaf event after she went on a trip to Antarctica. She worked at Gallaudet University for 25 years, and she wrote a number of books.
Both Mrs. Parsons’ family and the community as a whole suffered a loss when Mrs. Parsons was killed in a pedestrian accident.
Pedestrian accidents can be the most devastating of all transportation accidents because they involve at least one person who is walking on foot, unprotected by a vehicle, seat belt or airbags. Unfortunately, elderly persons are at the highest risk for involvement in a pedestrian accident, due to often walking slower at crossing streets or otherwise avoiding traffic in an emergency situation.
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