Hawaii has the highest pedestrian death rate for seniors in the U.S., according to the Dangerous by Design 2014 report by the National Complete Streets Coalition released on Tuesday.
The report says, between 2003 and 2010, Hawaii had 6.81 pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 people age 65 and older. California came in second with 5.03 pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 people age 65 and older.
When the study looked at people ages 75 and older, pedestrian death rates in Hawaii jumped to 9.75 per 100,000 people. California was second, again, with 6.40.
The report says the fatality rate in Hawaii may be somewhat skewed because Hawaii is a tourist destination.
The report says, "The CDC data on fatal injury rates does not take into account the residence of the victim; if an older pedestrian from another state is killed in Hawaii, that fatality is counted against Hawaii's resident population of older adults."
While people 65 and older account for 12.6 percent of the total population in America, that age group accounted for nearly 21 percent of the pedestrian deaths in the U.S. between 2003 and 2010.