Pleasant Grove - A woman was thrown in jail after purposely hitting and killing a pedestrian with her car Friday.
Caeadra Brown, 22, wrecked her car into another woman, Ereail Mitchell, 26, on the 1200 block of North Masters Drive. Brown told police she hit the woman and left her dead in the parking lot on purpose. She has since been arrested for murder and is on $300,000 bond.
Though malicious car wrecks like this aren't common, they do bring to mind an important subject; car wrecks involving pedestrians are all too common.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 14 percent of all car-pedestrian accidents kill the pedestrian. That amounts to nearly 500 pedestrian deaths a year in Texas; nearly 5,000 deaths nationwide.
If a car fails to yield to a pedestrian's right of way and hits someone, it doesn't matter whether or not the accident was intentional - the driver will be held responsible for the injury and damages they caused.
Though most of us don't come face to face with malicious drivers like the case above, we do interact with cars as pedestrians and vice versa. That's why it's vital that each of us know our rights and understand some basic pedestrian safety to avoid an accident.