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Lowcountry pedestrian fatalities on the rise

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) -

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says the number of people being killed while walking on roadways is rising.

So far this year, there have been seven pedestrians killed in the Lowcountry, according to SCHP Lance Cpl. Hannah Wimberly.

Three of these accidents have happened in the last month, all in the same area of Highway 17A in Berkeley County.

The Highway Patrol says all three of these accidents happened either late at night or early in the morning when it was dark out and hard to see.

Officials say these three accidents also involved pedestrians crossing the busy roadway roadway illegally.

"In this area right here, there are crosswalks but people choose not to use them," Wimberly said.

Troopers warn those who walk to always take extra precaution. Never assume the car sees you, always cross roads at the crosswalks and wear light or reflective clothing, if you can, they say.

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