APD encourages traffic safety after fourth pedestrian fatality of 2022

Press release from Asheville Police Department:

APD Patrol Officers continue their investigation into the death of a pedestrian that occurred earlier last month.

A 2014 Ford van was traveling north on Hendersonville Road near the intersection of Sweeten Creek Road at 6:18 p.m. on November 11. A pedestrian, Stacie Rice Ramsey (06/23/1973), walked into the roadway to cross the intersection. The vehicle which had the right of way, struck her as she entered the lane of travel. Ramsey was transported to Mission Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries on Dec, 1; next of kin has been notified.

APD Patrol Officers stress that safety is a shared responsibility of both drivers and pedestrians. Officers encourage pedestrians to be mindful of traffic laws regarding foot travel on the roadway. Whether crossing at a marked or unmarked intersection it is important for pedestrians to keep alert to approaching vehicles, do not cross against traffic control signals, and remain vigilant of their surroundings until they safely make it across. Wearing bright clothing during the day and reflective materials at night to increase your visibility to drivers.

Additionally, Officers remind drivers to be aware of pedestrian traffic near and on the roadways. Drivers should have knowledge of and adhere to traffic laws pertaining to pedestrians on the roadway.

Together we can make our roadways safe for all to travel.

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