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June 22, 1984

Fatal Collisions Between Joggers and Automobiles in Rhode Island

Author Affiliations

Brown University Program in Medicine
Office of the State Medical Examiner
The Miriam Hospital Providence, RI

JAMA. 1984;251(24):3221. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340480015007

To the Editor.—  We previously determined the incidence of nontraumatic deaths during jogging in Rhode Island and demonstrated that coronary artery disease is the most common cause of such deaths.1 An accompanying editorial suggested that motor vehicle accidents may also be an important cause of jogging-related mortality.2 To examine this possibility, we reviewed the records of 230 fatal pedestrian accidents that occurred in Rhode Island in the eight years between Dec 31,1974, and Jan 1, 1983. We also reviewed 16 nontraumatic deaths that occurred during jogging in the same time period. The cause of death in these 16 cases was determined by autopsy examination in ten and was based on medical records and the circumstances of death in the remaining six. Records were available, since all traumatic and sudden nontraumatic deaths in Rhode Island are reviewed by one of us (W.Q.S.). The prevalence of persons aged 30 through