Another Montgomery County student in two days has died after being struck by a vehicle after dark. This was the second time a student died under the same circumstances.
Upper Moreland Police identified a 17-year-old student at Upper Moreland High School as the second victim. He was pronounced dead Tuesday evening at Abington Hospital after being struck at about 5:35 o’clock in the evening at the painted median of Blair Mill Road at Moreland Avenue.
A 39-year-old Bucks County was the operator of the striking vehicle which is described as a sport utility vehicle. The Bucks County woman remained at the scene and is cooperating with the authorities.
It will be recalled that last Monday night, a 16-year-old Pottsgrove High School Student died after being struck by a vehicle on East High Street (Ridge Pike) in the Sanatoga section of Lower Pottsgrove. The incident took place shortly before 9 p.m. Monday.
The driver was identified by authorities as a 43-year-old Collegeville woman. She remained on the scene and cooperated with authorities. The student’s name was not released by police, but the Pottstown Mercury identified him as Tim Paciello, a junior.
Both incidents are under police investigation. The Montgomery County District Attorney’s office and the Lower Pottsgrove Police are jointly investigating both incidents.
According to the Federal Highway Administration around 4,000 pedestrians die as a result of traffic accidents in the United States each year.
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center at the University of North Carolina released the following guidelines for pedestrians walking at night:
1. Must wear bright/light colored clothing and reflective materials.
2. Must carry a flashlight when walking at night.
3. Must only cross in a well-lit area at night.
5. Must stand clear of buses, hedges, parked cars or other obstacles before crossing so visible to the driver.
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