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Man hit and killed while crossing road in Michigan

A 28-year-old man in Michigan's Ypsilanti Township has died after an auto accident. He was attempting to cross Michigan Avenue, according to officials, when he was hit and killed.

Reports say that the crash happened on Monday, March 16, right around 3:00 a.m. The man was between Elder road and Wilson road, walking west down the avenue. He then opted to cross over to the other side of the street. As he did, a passing vehicle hit him, and he passed away from the injuries suffered in the crash.

The driver of the car that struck him was a 17-year-old girl from Ypsilanti. She was going down Michigan Avenue in the opposite direction that the man was walking, heading east.

Police responded to the reports of the crash and shut the road down to investigate. When they had done what they needed to do with it closed, they opened the avenue back up again. However, their investigation is ongoing, and they have not yet speculated on exactly why the accident happened.

Pedestrians face a lot of risks when walking near highways and other roads all over the state, and these risks only go up at night, when visibility is reduced dramatically. In this particular incident, it is also interesting that it was such a young driver, as night driving is notoriously more difficult for younger, inexperienced drivers, and that's why many driver's training courses spend time practicing at night.

In any case, this accident underscores the very real danger for pedestrians. The families of those who get hit and killed need to know what legal options they have.

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