A number of similarities can be drawn between the two pedestrian deaths that happened just about a week apart along Alabama’s coastline.
Both involved allegedly drunk drivers. Both happened along busy, five-lane roads. But there is a big difference.
“The driver of the vehicle was one of the people who did call 911 and advised of the accident,” Lt. Robert Howard of the Orange Beach Police Department said.
Police told Fox10 News that man is Danny Marvin Pylant, a resident of the Eastern Shore area who police said is in his 50s. At the time of this report, a mugshot of Pylant was not available.
Police have also yet to release the name of the victim until his full family can be notified. Investigators said he was a 44-year-old man from Tennessee who was in Orange Beach on vacation with his family. We’re told his wife has been notified.
Officials told Fox10 News that the victim was crossing Highway 182 just east of the Perdido Pass Bridge from south to north when he was struck and killed.
“The driver of the vehicle that struck him was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. The entire case is still under investigation, so we’re not sure if further charges will be pending,” Howard said.
Investigators said the scene unfolded around 10 p.m. Saturday night. One resident Fox10 News spoke with said alternative ways of crossing the street might help keep people safer.
“An underpass or an overpass where they could go without going directly on the street, particularly in the evening might be a good thing to think about,” Frank Parks, an Orange Beach resident said.
Officials said because of the large number of people that come in the spring and summer months, people need to be highly aware of their surroundings, especially near the roads.
The investigation is ongoing. Fox10 News will continue to follow this story as more information becomes available.