Authorities report that two North Sacramento area residents were severely injured by a hit-and-run driver on Monday night. The pedestrians suffered serious personal injuries including broken legs and internal wounds.
The pedestrian accident occurred around 10 p.m. on Monday in the town of Carmichael. The couple was walking their four dogs at the intersection of Engle Road and Garfield Avenue when a car came barreling toward them. The male dog walker reportedly pushed the female out of the way, but both sustained injuries. All four dogs died.
"We don't even know who the driver was, male or female," a police spokesperson said. "There were a couple of witnesses that stated the driver ran through the stop sign on Garfield Avenue going southbound."
Authorities say that the car was a Nissan sedan that has a light color, possibly bronze. The car should have front-end damage and a missing left side mirror. As of today the driver was still at large.
The accident happens at a time when roads across the country are increasingly dangerous for pedestrians. Despite falling numbers of car accident deaths, the number of pedestrian fatalities and injuries has only increased in recent years. This is in part due to the increasing amount of motorists who are distracted by mobile devices behind the wheel. Car passengers also have the benefit of safer vehicles including air bags, safety restraints and other technological features that pedestrians do not have to shield themselves.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "pedestrians injured, 4 dogs killed in hit-and-run," July 17, 2012