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Highway Accident Brief: Fatal Pedestrian Collision with Sport Utility Vehicle Town of Geneva, Wisconsin, August 16, 2016

Executive Summary

​On Tuesday, August 16, 2016, about 11:25 p.m., a 2001 Ford Expedition sport utility vehicle (SUV) was traveling east on State Highway 50 in the Town of Geneva, Walworth County, Wisconsin (figure 1).1 The SUV was in the right eastbound lane and, according to the 44-year-old male driver, was traveling at the posted speed of 55 mph. At the same time, a 54-year-old female was walking east in the right eastbound lane of the highway, just past Chapin Road. Shortly after passing through the intersection with Chapin Road, the SUV struck the pedestrian. The pedestrian rode onto the vehicle’s hood and collided with the right leading edge of the roof, just above the windshield. She also struck the right side of the SUV’s roof-mounted luggage rack before falling to the ground behind the moving vehicle. The pedestrian then traveled along the pavement about 175 feet before coming to rest on the solid white line (“fog line”) separating the right traffic lane from the right shoulder. The SUV driver applied his brakes, and the vehicle came to rest on the right shoulder of the highway about 350 feet east of the impact area. The pedestrian was fatally injured. The SUV driver was not injured.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the crash in the Town of Geneva, Wisconsin, was the pedestrian’s decision to walk in the travel lane with her back to traffic. Contributing to her poor decision-making was impairment from the effects of alcohol intoxication.

Accident Location: Town of Geneva , WI USA  
Accident Date: 8/16/2016
Accident ID: HWY16SH022, DCA15SS005

Date Adopted: 8/6/2018
NTSB Number: HAB1812
NTIS Number:  

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