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4th Pedestrian Killed in a Month Along Tarrant County Highways

Police were called Saturday morning to their fourth fatal auto-pedestrian collision since early February.

Units arrived at the 1700 block of Northeast Loop 820 westbound about 5 a.m. and began their investigation.

Lauren Hanohano, 27, of Arlington, was walking across the freeway when he was struck by a vehicle, police said their initial investigation showed.

On Tuesday, Feb. 27, police were investigating the death of Robert Graves, a Waco man who was killed after being hit by a Waste Management truck. Graves left his vehicle and attempted to walk across the 6000 block of the North Freeway about 6 p.m., police stated.

On Feb. 24, Fort Worth police were investigating the death of 15-year-old Chase Rinna, of Westworth Village.

Rinna was struck about 7:05 p.m. and was pronounced dead by medical personnel on the scene, according to police. The driver of the vehicle that struck him stopped and called for police and medical help, police said.

Rinna was walking on the eastbound side of Interstate 30 near Summit Avenue when he was hit, police said.

In a crash that occurred in the 1400 block of the South Freeway service road on Feb. 5, Veda Vela Star Nes, a 64-year-old woman, was struck and killed by a gray or white Dodge Durango while walking alongside the freeway service road, police said.

That collision occurred about 10:40 p.m. on the northbound side of the freeway, police said.

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Commentary: Four people in a month is too much. The first thing that I think, as a person, is “stop crossing the highway”. However, people find themselves on the highway for lots of reasons. If the person’s vehicle became disabled and they had to step outside the vehicle to go get gas or something, as long as they’re not in the actual roadway when they’re struck, liability is clearly on the other driver. However, if they are in the roadway, you have to look at other things and determine whether the party who was struck was also negligent at the time of the accident. Most likely they were. Don’t cross over highways. That is a terrible idea. I know that the gas station or wherever you need to get to may be just across, but losing your life in order to save some time walking is not worth it.

TIPS FOR SAFELY HANDLING A ROADSIDE BREAKDOWN:

If you find yourself stranded on the side of the roadway, here are some basic safety tips from safetyserve.com:

At the first sign of car trouble, gently and smoothly take your foot off the accelerator. Do not brake hard or suddenly. Carefully work your vehicle toward the breakdown lane or the side of the road. If you are on an interstate, try to reach an exit. Signal your intentions to drivers behind you. If it is necessary to change lanes, watch your mirrors and the traffic around you closely.

Once off the road, make your car visible. Put reflectorized triangles behind your vehicle to alert other drivers; use your emergency flashers. If it is dark, turn on the interior dome light.

When you have a flat tire, be certain that you can change it safely without being close to traffic. If that is possible, change the tire as you normally would. Remember, safety must take precedence over your schedule or whatever other concerns you may have.

However, when the car is beyond repair, it is best to get professional help. Do not try to flag down other vehicles. Raise your hood and tie something white to the radio antenna or hang it out a window so police officers or tow truck operators will know help is needed. Don’t stand behind or next to your vehicle. If the car is in the roadway, stand away from the vehicle and wait for help to arrive.

If your car is safely out of traffic, wait inside the vehicle with the doors locked. Use your cellular phone to call for help. If someone stops and offers to help, open the window slightly and ask them to call the police.

Watch for a uniformed police officer or other emergency personnel. All interstate highways and major roads are patrolled regularly. Also, some highways have special “call-for-help” phones.

It is inadvisable to walk on an interstate, especially during inclement weather. However, if you can reach a source of help on foot, without jeopardizing your physical or personal safety, try the direct approach by walking. Keep as far from traffic as possible and walk on the right side of the roadway. Never attempt to cross a multi-lane, high speed roadway.