Pedestrian Struck by a Hit-and-Run Driver in Columbus, Georgia
COLUMBUS, GA – According to an online news report at wrbl.com, the Columbus police indicate that a pedestrian was struck and tragically killed by an off-duty police officer who was driving a marked squad car. The officer fled the scene of the crash, which occurred on Rigdon Road close to the Illges Road intersection.*
Investigators say the pedestrian has been identified as 69-year-old Lester Holloway. The case is now under investigation by Georgia State Patrol.
Across the nation, there is a rising tide of pedestrian deaths which have been on the increase since 2009. To those that analyze traffic safety, the statistics are shocking. As other traffic deaths are on the decline, pedestrian fatalities continue to go up, according to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association. They report the following:
- In 1990, there were 6,482 pedestrians in the U.S. who died.
- In 2009, pedestrian deaths decreased to 4,109. From 1990 to 2009, pedestrian deaths went down by 37%.
- From 2008 to 2017, the amount of pedestrian fatalities increased by 35%. In that same time period, other traffic-related fatalities decreased by six percent.
- In 2018, 6,227 pedestrians in the United States died in accidents, which makes this year the deadliest since 2009.
“We’ve had a 10-year run of horrific increases in pedestrian fatalities,” said a traffic safety expert. He noted that an increase of 50% in a single decade demonstrates that “something went in a different trajectory in 2009.” He further indicated that researchers have not identified a single cause for the increase in deaths involving pedestrians. However, there are some common causes that have been identified in studies which include poor visibility due to darkness or inclement weather, population increases, high density traffic in urbanized areas, an increase of large trucks and SUVs on the roadway, poorly lit roadways, and poorly marked crosswalks and intersections.
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