Pedestrian Struck by Tesla in Hit-and-Run Crash in Georgia
ATLANTA, GA- Insideevs.com writes that a pedestrian was hit by a white Model 3 Tesla while crossing the road in Atlanta. The victim was heading home from work and walking to her own vehicle when she was struck. The driver initially stopped, but after stating she was late for a meeting, fled the scene.*
The woman who was struck was severely injured and lost time from work as a result of the accident. The driver left before knowing how badly the victim was injured. The whole event was caught on video because of a nearby security camera.
Based on the footage, the victim was on her phone at the time and walked into the street without noticing the vehicle. The driver also appears to have been distracted when she struck the pedestrian. Even if the woman crossing the road was on her phone, the driver is still responsible. Additionally, fleeing the scene of the accident is a crime, even when the driver who left was not at fault for the initial crash.
Police are seeking information about the incident, which they are treating as a hit-and-run based on video from the scene. A black car arrives after the pedestrian was hit, and police believe this driver might have information that could assist in the investigation.
Hit-and-run accidents happen more often than many people realize, and the majority of the most severely injured victims are pedestrians. When a driver hits a person walking on or across the road, even if the accident initially appears minor, the driver is obligated to stop. In many cases, people are shocked following a crash and might not even realize how badly they are hurt until the adrenaline wears off.
Whether you are a driver or a pedestrian, be sure to stay alert on or near the road, and to avoid the temptation of looking at a phone when your focus should be on your surroundings.
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