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Florida jogger dead after being struck by car

A 48-year-old Florida woman, who was hit by a car as she was jogging, has died after several days of hospital treatment. Police say the serious car accident occurred as the woman was running with a group of other joggers when a car attempting to move into the turn lane collided with her. The police report says that the woman was jogging in the bicycle lane when she was hit. The woman was transported to a medical facility to be treated, but died several days later due to the catastrophic injuries she sustained in the accident.

According to her relatives, the victim was a graduate of Florida State University and became an account executive for a cellphone service provider, a position she held for more than 20 years. She was also active in her church's youth and music programs. She is survived by a teenage daughter.

Police have identified the driver of the vehicle that struck the jogger. She has not been charged, but police investigation of the accident is ongoing.

According to advocacy group Transportation for America, Florida is the most dangerous state in the country in terms of pedestrian fatalities. The group recently published a study named Dangerous by Design 2011, which shows that Florida saw 5,263 pedestrian deaths in traffic accidents between 2000 and 2009, the highest such figure in the nation. During that period, fatal pedestrian accidents in Florida represented more than 16 percent of all traffic-related deaths. Orlando and three other Florida metropolitan areas ranked among the worst regions for pedestrian fatalities.

Source: Tallahassee.com, "Woman struck by a car while jogging dies from injuries," Paul Flemming, Nov. 13, 2011

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