17 News study on pedestrian fatalities in Kern County


We noticed the increase in pedestrian fatalities in Kern county five years ago. Since then, we have been keeping detailed records of these fatalities. As a result, local leaders are taking action. 

County supervisors heard plans Tuesday to reduce the number of pedestrian and bicyclist deaths. 

By our count, 116 pedestrians have died on Kern County roadways since 2015. Our data shows 2017 was the deadliest year on record with 42 pedestrian fatalities.

Below is an interactive map with details on every pedestrian fatality in Kern County between 2015 and January 23, 2018.

People who died on bicycles, skateboards and motorized scooters are not included in our data. Suicides are also not included in this data.

We included people who were walking or in a wheelchair or motorized scooter because of medical necessity. Pedestrians who were hit by a motor vehicle or train are included in the database.

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