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Pedestrian deaths up 9% in Indiana, institute says

Indiana University Kokomo in September 2020 partnered with the city government to install the High-Intensity Activated crossWalK (HAWK) beacon, which includes signal poles on either side of Washington Street, and a push button for pedestrians to activate the lights, and signs. (Photo Provided/Indiana University Kokomo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The total of pedestrian deaths in Indiana in 2021 is 9% higher than last year, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute says.

Ninety-six pedestrians have been killed and 1,772 have been hurt in traffic crashes so for this year, the institute said Wednesday in a news release. That’s eight more fatalities than this time in 2020.

Most of the fatalities are in urban areas. Marion, Allen and Lake counties accounted for half of the state’s pedestrian fatalities, the release said, but it did not provide specific numbers or show whether the increases have happened in those counties.

Most of the state’s pedestrian fatalities in 2020 happened from 3-6 p.m., the institute noted.

The release suggested motorists and pedestrians review safety suggestions on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.