Car hits pedestrian with rollator
The driver of a car was driving through a 30 km/h zone in a built-up area in winter temperatures. He hit a 77-yearold pedestrian walking along the righthand edge of the road with a rollator, in the same direction as he was driving. The pedestrian was walking
Car driver and pedestrian with rollator
The pedestrian was fatally injured.
At the time of the accident, parts of the sidewalk were covered in frost. The sidewalk was also in poor condition (the surface was damaged). As a result of this, the senior citizen in question clearly felt safer walking on the road. This also meant he didn’t have to navigate curbs with his rollator. Furthermore, there are clear indications that the car driver’s visibility was impaired due to his windows being fogged/iced up.
Better maintenance of the sidewalk infrastructure (repairs to the surface damage) and changes to the winter road maintenance program would have made the sidewalk safer for the senior citizen and enabled him to use it without putting himself at an increased risk of falling.
Sketch of the collision position
Overview of the accident site
Poor condition of the sidewalk (more frost present at the time of the accident)
Final position of car and part of rollator
Close-up of part of rollator
Damage to car