USA TODAY: Brevard child-teen crashes analyzed

From USA TODAY

Brevard child-teen crashes analyzed

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Two weeks ago, Odyssey Charter School fourth-grader Anders Grooms, 10, was struck and killed by a pickup while he was pedaling his bicycle home from school.The fatal crash on Eldron Boulevard shocked parents and sparked Palm Bay debate on school zone crossings, funding for pedestrian-safety upgrades near elementary schools, signage and police patrols.But according to an analysis of crash data, Brevard County children and teenagers walking or riding bicycles near schools do not face more danger of being struck by a car than elsewhere in the county. Few geographical or statistical patterns are apparent, Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization officials say.

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