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Pedestrian Hit By Car Speaks Out

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Three pedestrian versus vehicle accidents have happened in Missoula over the last two months. One of the only surviving victims is speaking out.

Earlier this month, University of Montana student Zack Rambo's life quickly changed, when he was hit by a car in a crosswalk while walking to campus.

"It made me grateful for what I've had, and all my friends and family," Rambo said. "All the support I've gotten is great."

Rambo is recovering in Seattle after undergoing two pelvic surgeries. The crash is one of three pedestrian versus vehicle accidents that happened in the last two months. The other two were fatal.

"I just feel like I'm lucky, like it could have been a lot worse for me,"  Rambo said. "I feel bad for other people, and friends and family of people in the other crashes."

The city held a Transportation Safety Summit Thursday, to prevent any more fatal accidents in town.

"The accidents were very unfortunate and tragic," said Laval Means of the City of Missoula. "It puts the focus on it, but we're all here with a common interest to reduce those incidents in the future."

Means said the goal of the meeting is to get people from the community working together to come up with strategies to prevent future accidents.

"The community has been interested and concerned for a long time," Means said.

Numbers from the city show every year, traffic crashes in the Missoula area cause eight fatalities, and more than 650 injuries for those behind the wheel and out on the road.

The course aims to bring these numbers down by focusing on factors city officials say lead to the most fatal accidents, like drunk driving, driving through intersections, teen driving and not wearing a seatbelt.

"It feels good they're doing something," Rambo said. "It's definitely good to be proactive."

Police said the driver who hit Rambo was not paying attention to the road for a second before hitting him, but Rambo said he forgives him, and is glad the city is doing something towards change.

Once a strategy is planned after Thursday's meeting, an advisory committee will meet to ensure that plan is followed.

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