MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Each year, dozens of people are hit and killed crossing Memphis streets.
It happens so often that Memphis is considered one of the deadliest cities for pedestrians, according to data from Smart Growth America, which publishes ‘Dangerous by Design. The study features traffic death data that occurred between 2008 and 2017 from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), a national database of all fatal traffic crashes.
Dangerous by Design ranks Memphis 11th in the U.S.
Memphis Police data, obtained by Local 24’s Factfinder team, looked at the number of pedestrians struck between 2011 and 2017. More than 120 people were hit and killed.
The street with the most frequent pedestrians struck and killed was Holmes Road – including one fatal incident at E. Getwell Road, another at the intersection at E. Santa Monica, and another at W. Lamar Avenue.
Elvis Presley Blvd. had three recorded incidents – one at the intersection at S. Scaife, another at N. Norris, and S. Shelby Drive.
Getwell Road is another hotspot. One person was struck and killed at the intersection of N. Allenbrooke Cove. Getwell Rd and N. American Way Road, and Getwell Road at the intersection of S. Elliston Avenue are also listed.
Sycamore View Road is another dangerous location, where police responded to three pedestrian deaths from 2011 to 2017.
While Tennessee was ranked 12 in the Dangerous by Design data and rankings, Memphis was the only city in the Top 30. Knoxville ranked 36, Nashville ranked 37, and Chattanooga ranked 58.
Overall, Mississippi ranked 5th, Arkansas ranked 15th.