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Over 5,000 pedestrians killed in the U.S in 2016

Pedestrian deaths increased by 11 percent since 2015. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Pedestrian deaths increased by 11 percent since 2015. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Jafet Serrato

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Nearly 6,000 people died while walking to their destination last year, according to a recent analysis report by the Governors Highway Safety Association.

That is an 11 percent increase compared to 2015, at 5,376 deaths.

Out of those killed, 359 of them were from California, making it the state with the most pedestrian fatalities.

In Chico, there was only one pedestrian fatality in 2016, when Maria Flores was killed by a hit and run incident on Nord Avenue.

Walking has started to become a popular mode of transportation for citizens.

“An estimated 4.1 million Americans reported walking to work in the past week,” according to the analysis report.

Most of the collisions occurred during the dark with 74 percent of deaths being reported at that time.

Jafet Serrato can be reached at [email protected] or @jafetserrato on Twitter.

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