Pedestrian deaths rising on roads across United States

Pedestrian deaths are the highest they’ve been since 1990. Nearly 50,000 people have died on U.S. roads since 2009, according to federal statistics.

A team of reporters from the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication have been investigating possible explanations including heavier traffic in residential areas due to navigation apps and increased distractions as a result of digital devices.

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In this segment:

Anni Baltierra, Son Killed in Pedestrian Accident; David De La Torre, Chairman, Elysian Valley Neighborhood Watch; Arren Kimbel-Sannit, AZ PBS; Daisy Villafuerte, Los Angeles Walks; Randy Dittberner, Traffic Engineer, Lee Engineering; Nydea Richards, Son Killed in Pedestrian Accident; Nury Martinez, Los Angeles District 6 Council Member; Dan Mitchell, Los Angeles Department of Transportation Chief Engineer; Debbie Hsiung, Southern California Families for Safe Streets.

Maud Beelman, Executive Director, Howard Center for Investigative Journalism; Molly Duerig, ASU Cronkite Journalism Reporter; Kailey Broussard, ASU Cronkite Journalism Reporter.

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