Viktoria Vasiliye Melnik was walking along the northbound lane of Highway 357 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina (SC) when her life came to a tragic end. A 1980 Ford pickup truck, driven by Gary Watson, hit Viktoria and killed her, according to wpsa.com. She was just 19 years old.
My deepest condolences go out to Ms. Melnik’s friends and family. Accidents of this nature are always terrible, but it’s even worse when someone so young is taken from us far too soon.
This fatal accident highlights the importance of well-lit, properly designated pedestrian walking lanes on highways. Many highways lack quality pedestrian walkways forcing people to put their lives in danger by walking on the side of the road and in the pathway of vehicles.
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