On December 22, 12-year-old Sophia Nelson was walking home from the beach with her family when she was struck and killed by a vehicle in a State Road A1A mid-block crosswalk in Satellite Beach.
Sadly, the accident occurred despite Nelson and her family taking proper precautions for crossing the street. Mark Nelson said his daughter pressed the button and activated the lights, waited for several cars to pass, then walked into the crosswalk during a “long gap” before the next car. Sadly the oncoming vehicle did not stop and hit her.
Nelson was rushed to the hospital, but lost brain function soon after she arrived. On Christmas Day, her family made the decision to donate her organs.
Sadly, Florida leads the nation in pedestrian deaths in car accidents. The state had In Florida, there were 5,433 pedestrian deaths
Mark Nelson told local journalists he wants the city to install informational signs at SR A1A mid-block crosswalks, warning kids and adults to avoid stepping in front of moving traffic. He also called the school principal to express his hopes Brevard Public Schools officials will emphasize crosswalk safety along the beachside highway.
Satellite Beach Mayor Frank Catino also wrote FDOT a letter requesting a slower speed limit on SR A1A in the city, red-light crosswalk beacons, improved crosswalk signage, full sidewalks along the west side of the beachside highway, and a traffic signal at SR A1A and Roosevelt Avenue.
Sadly, Florida leads the nation in pedestrian deaths in car accidents. Between 2008 and 2017, the state had 5,433 pedestrian deaths.