If you are going to be out walking late at night or during the early morning hours when there is minimal light, it is important that you do so with caution. It is often much more difficult for drivers to see pedestrians during these times, especially those who aren’t wearing brightly colored clothing or carrying a light to indicate they are walking. Sadly, one pedestrian may have been at the wrong place at the wrong time when he was struck by a Ford truck.
According to KFYR TV, 22-year-old Marshall Hofstad and 21-year-old Wyatt Wilson were traveling south on US Highway 83 around 1:00 a.m. in the right-hand lane. They were on their way to Underwood from Minot and that that is when they struck 30-year-old Jordan Thomas Hagerott who was allegedly standing in the right-hand lane. The news outlet said that the impact caused Hagerott to be thrown onto an approach on the west side of the roadway.
After the accident occurred, Hofstad pulled his Ford over to the shoulder and waited for officials to arrive. Unfortunately, Hagerott was pronounced dead at the scene. Although the accident was being investigated, no charges have been filed as of yet.
Williston, ND Teen Killed After Being Thrown from Bed of Pickup Truck
Just a few days prior to this fatal accident, another occurred in involving a Williston teen. KFYR TV reported on this incident, stating that a 15-year-old male had been driving the pickup truck on 139thAve NW and 53rdStreet NW. He had three passengers in the vehicle with him, a 15-year-old female, a 16-year-old male, and an 18-year-old male. As the truck was driving, it hit some washboard ruts in the roadway which caused the 15-year-old male to be ejected from the bed of the truck.
Although an ambulance was called to the scene and transported the teen to an area hospital, he didn’t survive the accident. No other injuries were reported, and the news source did indicate that no charges were filed.
While police are attributing this accident to the washboard ruts in the road, it is important that if you have a teen driver and they are riding with passengers, that they drive with added caution and pay close attention to the roadway they are traveling on. The truth is, driving with passengers can be distracting for both adults and teens and if you have no other choice but to travel with other people in the car, remember, you must not allow yourself to get distracted while driving.
It is important for teen drivers to understand the dangers associated with riding with passengers and how having other people in the vehicle with them can increase their chances of engaging in a distracted driving accident.
Distracted driving is responsible for killing approximately nine people each day in the U.S. and injuring more than 1,000 individuals in crashes [Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]. So, to ensure you don’t involve yourself in an accident because you were driving distracted or with passengers who were distracting you, avoid engaging in any type of behavior that is known to deter your attention away from the road.
And in the event you were recently involved in a truck collision in North Dakota that has left you or a loved one severely injured, contact USAttorneys.com today and let us help you find a ND truck accident attorney nearby to you who can guide you through this difficult time and help you become more informed on what your next steps should be.