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Los Angeles Pedestrian Fatalities Second Highest In Nation

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles had the second highest rate of pedestrian deaths in the nation in 2012, federal transportation officials said Friday.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports (PDF) 99 pedestrians were killed that year, falling just behind New York City, where 127 pedestrians were fatally struck in the same period.

San Diego ranked eighth, with 22 pedestrian fatalities.

The agency said 242 people died in traffic accidents in Los Angeles in 2012, compared to 70 in San Diego.

The state of California ranked number one in pedestrian fatalities, with 612 in 2012. Texas came in second with 478, and Florida in third with 476.

A total of 4,743 pedestrian fatalities were reported during that time period. According to the NHTSA, that marks the highest number in five years.

Thirty-two percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred between 8 p.m. and midnight

Other cities that made the top 10 include Chicago at third, followed by Houston, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Antonio, Dallas at ninth, and San Jose.

The NHTSA’s Pedestrian Safety Facts are available on the agency’s website.

(©2014 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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