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Slew of Pedestrian Accidents Plague the Rochester Area, One Man Survives

A rash of car accidents have plagued the Rochester area over the last year, and an alarming number of them have involved pedestrians. In the United States, a pedestrian is injured by a car about once every seven minutes.

On New Year’s Eve, a man was driving home from a party when he struck a snow plow driver who was walking on the side of the road. According to ABC affiliate WKBW, 53-year-old Thomas Taylor of Holley was looking for an address when he was hit.

The driver, 21-year-old Brandon Robinson, left the scene without reporting the incident. He has been charged with leaving the scene of an incident involving death and failure to report an incident. He has plead not guilty.

A woman who struck and killed a 77-year-old man last year was sentenced this week. Martin Abkowitz was walking down a road in Webster when he was hit by a car operated by Cheryl Tobin of Webster. According to WROC 8, Tobin was under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident. She was sentenced to two to five years in state prison.

There is one story with a happy ending among these accidents, however.

Joe Conaway of Newark was buckling his two-year-old son into the car when he was struck by a car this month. He survived the accident, but says he is lucky to be alive.

According to WHAM 13 News, the driver of the car that struck Conaway, 84-year-old Lee Weeks, did not sustain any injuries as a result of the crash.

“Live life to the fullest,” said Conaway, about what he’s learned over the last few weeks. “Always hug your family and tell them that you love them, because you never know when your number can come.”