Midland, Odessa Seeing an Increase in Vehicle/Pedestrian Accidents

Midland, Odessa Seeing an Increase in Vehicle/Pedestrian Accidents

By: Justin Kree

NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Both Midland and Odessa have seen an increase in vehicle and pedestrian accidents in the last month. NewsWest 9 has been reporting on so many of these accidents that are often times deadly.

Since January 30, Odessa has seen six car/pedestrian accidents and Midland has seen two more.  total of eight people have been struck by vehicles on local roads.

Cpl. Steve LeSueur with the Odessa Police Department says there are many factors but one of the main reasons is the population increase lately.

"We are growing tremendously here in Odessa. The streets are over crowded," LeSueur said.

In seven of the eight accidents, the person that was hit did die. The only one to survive was a crossing guard in the crosswalk at Maple and Tanglewood. That person remains in the hospital in fair condition.

"When pedestrians are walking near or across the street, they need to use a crosswalk" LeSueur said.

Even though there have been deaths, the accident at Maple and Tanglewood is the only incident where the driver was ticketed.

"Regardless if you're a pedestrian or a driver, you need to be cautious. You need to be careful and always be alert. You need to be a defensive driver," Lesueur said.

There's no law against jaywalking in Texas but LeSueur said that if you run in front of traffic, you can get a ticket.

"Slow down. Use care caution, just know there is always a potential for little kids to be darting out at any time," LeSueur said.

If both drivers and pedestrians use caution, the number of these deadly accidents will hopefully be reduced. Odessa Police say that drugs and alcohol sometimes play a factor in these accidents. But overall, staying alert on foot or behind the wheel is the best advice.