A new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows pedestrian deaths are on the rise nation-wide. Those incidents now account for 14% of total fatalities.
The survey also found 37% of pedestrians actually had blood alcohol levels over the legal limit, claiming "drunk walking" accounts for many pedestrian deaths. Another fact from the information, most pedestrian deaths, about 70%, happen between the hours of 8 p.m. and midnight.
In 2013, Michiana has already seen at least 5 pedestrian deaths.
65-year-old Linda Hochstetler was killed on Sunday in Middlebury, after she got out of her car to rescue an animal in the roadway, when she was struck by an oncoming car.
64-year-old Elmer Miller was killed while riding his bike on US 20 in Middelbury just two weeks ago. Miller's bike was struck from behind around 4:30 in the morning.
In June, another tragedy happened when a hit and run took the life of 54-year-old Timothy Grant in Mishawaka. Grant was riding his bike to work when a SUV struck him before 5:30 in the morning.
Earlier in June, 53-year-old Dennis Snow was killed in Benton Harbor by a pickup truck.
In April, a South Bend man was killed while crossing South Michigan Street. He walked directly into the path of an oncoming car.