Car Strikes and Kills Teen in Gwinnett County, Georgia
GWINNETT COUNTY, GA- 11alive.com writes that a car struck and killed a pedestrian who was walking on Manor Drive in Gwinnett County over the weekend. The Gwinnett County police report that the victim was a nineteen-year-old man.*
The authorities identified the driver as a 69-year-old man who was operating a 2010 Honda Odyssey. The driver claims that he could not see the victim.
The crash happened in the evening after dark.
Pedestrians who are on the road at night are at a higher risk of being injured or killed by vehicles. Drivers often do not see people who are standing or walking in or near the road until the car is too close for the driver to react or stop and avoid a collision.
At night, the risk of alcohol involvement in traffic incidents is higher, as well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that almost fifty percent of fatal pedestrian crashes involve alcohol impairment. Interestingly, it is more often the victim who was drinking than the driver. In 33 percent of fatal pedestrian crashes, the pedestrian was found to have a blood-alcohol level that was above the legal limit for drivers. Only thirteen percent of deadly pedestrian incidents involved drunk drivers.
Drivers need to exercise caution and stay alert. When driving in places where pedestrians might be present, drivers should slow down to reduce the risk of a crash. Slower vehicles are less likely to kill a pedestrian. Pedestrians can increase their own safety by walking in well-lit areas, on sidewalks, crossing streets at crosswalks, and by wearing reflective or bright clothing if they know they will be walking around traffic at night.
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