The Fort Worth Police Department confirmed that a man struck by a vehicle while trying to walk across the North Freeway was killed Tuesday.
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The as-of-yet unidentified man was seen on the ground in the right lane of Interstate 35 as it crosses Northeast Loop 820 shortly before 6:10 p.m. according to a Fort Worth Star-Telegram report.
Police shut down all southbound traffic on Loop 820 by 7 p.m.
The fatal collision was the second such crash in three days. A 15-year-old boy was killed while walking on the eastbound side of Interstate 30 near Summit Avenue on Saturday. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner identified that victim as 15-year-old Chase Rinna of Westworth Village.
Police officials said Rinna was struck at approximately 7:05 p.m. and was pronounced dead on the scene by medical personnel. The driver of the vehicle that struck him stopped and called 911.
Pedestrian death rates have been steadily climbing, according to statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation. TxDOT data from calendar year 2016 showed 678 pedestrian fatalities in 2016, representing a 21.5% increase from the previous year.
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