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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
Abstract

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

References
1.
Thompson PD, Funk EJ, Carleton RA, et al:  Incidence of death during jogging in Rhode Island from 1975 through 1980 .  JAMA 1982;247:2535-2538.Crossref
2.
Jones RJ:  Mortality of joggers .  JAMA 1982; 247:2569.Crossref
3.
Cheitlin MD, DeCastro CM, McAllister HA:  Sudden death as a complication of anomalous left coronary origin from the anterior sinus of Valsalva .  Circulation 1974;50:780-787.Crossref
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