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Highway Accident Brief: Fatal Pedestrian Collision with Car Riverdale Park, Maryland, April 24, 2016

Executive Summary

​About 9:16 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, 2016, a 1998 Toyota Corolla four-door sedan was traveling north on Kenilworth Avenue (State Route 201) in Riverdale Park, Prince George’s County, Maryland. As the 50-year-old female driver approached the intersection of Kenilworth Avenue and Tuckerman Street, the traffic signal for northbound vehicles was green. The driver observed a male pedestrian walking east in the middle of the intersection, trying to cross Kenilworth Avenue. The driver applied the brakes and attempted to steer left, away from the pedestrian, but the car struck him in the left northbound through lane of the intersection. Because of the impact, the 55-year-old pedestrian rode up onto the vehicle’s hood and collided with the passenger side of the car’s windshield before rolling off the right side of the vehicle. After sliding along the pavement, the pedestrian came to rest 52 feet from the point of impact.


Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the crash in Riverdale Park, Maryland, was the pedestrian’s decision to cross a multilane arterial roadway in the middle of the intersection. Contributing to his poor decision-making was impairment from alcohol. Also contributing to the crash was the intersection design, which failed to consider pedestrian traffic.


Accident Location: Riverdale Park , MD USA  
Accident Date: 4/24/2016
Accident ID: HWY16SH009, DCA15SS005

Date Adopted: 7/2/2018
NTSB Number: HAB1803
NTIS Number:  

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