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Father who lost Daughter in Fatal Pedestrian Accident and Officers Tells Drivers, Be Careful

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NBCRightNow.com - The father of a 16-year-old Richland girl who was killed by a car while crossing the street three years ago says that incident changed his life.

Terry Murray says he thinks about his daughter every day and has a message to all drivers and pedestrians.

"I miss her so much and I wish that she were still here," Murray said. 

Sierra Murray would be celebrating her 20th birthday this year.

"It devastated my life, my life will never be the same again, it's the hardest thing in life is to lose a child and it's been three years now and I think about her every day," Murray said.

Sierra died from her injuries after she was hit by a car near Richland High School on her way to a choir concert.

Terry Murray says he hopes his daughters' death can serve as a lesson and encourage drivers and pedestrians to always be alert.

"Drivers to slow down because a lot of people are driving too fast and tell pedestrians to know their surroundings and to pay attention," Murray said.

Statewide, pedestrian deaths account for 12 percent of all traffic deaths.

Officer Saul Mendoza says he sees risky behavior everyday.

"When a person comes into the picture you have to take into consideration what's the possibility of this person not going by the rules, jumping out in front of me, have to anticipate, do I have to slam on my brakes, should I take more precautions and should I go slower?  I think those are things a lot of people don't take into consideration," Officer Mendoza said.

In Richland, Officer Ted Engle says he has seen too many tragic accidents. 

"When you have an accident involving a pedestrian and vehicle there's going to be injuries to the pedestrian so both parties need to watch out for each other," Officer Engle said. 

Officers say pedestrians should just take the extra time to walk to an appropriate cross walk and wait for a signal before crossing.

They say taking these extra steps could lifesaving. 

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