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Pedestrian and Bicyclist Fatalities Already Surpass Number of Deaths in 2010

The number of pedestrians and bicyclists who died after being struck by vehicles in Anne Arundel County as August approaches has already increased over the number of fatalities for all of 2010, according to police.

According to statistics from Anne Arundel County Police, eight people have died this year after being hit by a vehicle while walking.

Another man, , died from injuries sustained when he was hit July 14 while riding his bicycle in Brooklyn Park. Police still are searching for the driver, who fled the scene.

Within eight days, after being hit by a vehicle—with two of those cases being hit-and-run accidents.

Comparitively there were only seven fatalities in 2010, all pedestrians. In 2009 10 pedestrians died after being hit by a vehicle and one bicyclist died.

Numbers shared by police only included fatal accidents in the county. They do not include accidents where the pedestrian or bicyclist survived his or her injuries.

Last week Patch spoke with residents about what seemed like a sudden spike in the number of people hit by vehicles while walking or riding a bicycle.

While the number of fatal and life-threatening crashes has not increased this year over previous years, according to police spokesman Justin Mulcahy, the incidents have put county residents on the alert.

Read what residents had to say last week .

Phillip July 27, 2011 at 06:46 PM
One thing I learned right away when I moved to the Baltimore area almost 10 years ago was that even if you are at a cross walk, and you have a walk signal saying you have the right away the truth is you don't have that right away. Cars would rather run you over than give you the right away on a cross walk. They'll do the same thing if you are on a bicycle. The only advantage that I have when riding a motorcycle is the fact that I have a loud horn and a foot that can knock off your mirror if you forget that you have them (haven't done that yet, but I have been tempted). Until the entire region steps up and holds drivers of cars more accountable for who has the right away this type of stuff will continue. It's very sad :(

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