Driver Kills Pedestrian on Cherokee Road and then Flees
ATHENS, GA- Onlineathens.com writes that a vehicle struck and killed a man over the weekend on Cherokee Road. The authorities identified the victim as a 25-year-old man from Athens. The victim seems to have been walking along the road when a driver struck him and then left the area.*
The incident took place near Martin Hill Lane in the later evening.
Based on evidence recovered at the scene of the crash, the police believe the suspect drives a Nissan Altima from between 2004 and 2006. Investigators located part of the car’s grill, indicating the vehicle probably is missing part of its grill.
Witnesses described the car as a silvery color and said that the driver was a white male.
Three other severe pedestrian accidents occurred in the area within the last few months. Two ended in fatalities, and the third in severe injuries.
Georgia is experiencing a rise in pedestrian deaths, similar to the trend seen in the United States as a whole. More pedestrians died last year than at any time in the last three decades.
While many factors lead to these accidents, there are certain factors that are likely to blame.
First, the size of the average car has gone up across the country. SUVs are far more popular than sedans. SUVs and pickup trucks have higher, flatter front ends. When a pedestrian is struck with the front end of an SUV, the vehicle is bigger, heavier, and more likely to hit the victim in their head or torso than in their lower extremities. Another factor is smartphones. While many states, including Georgia, have laws preventing people from using smartphones while driving, drivers still look at their screens too often, and so do pedestrians.
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Source:https://www.onlineathens.com/news/20191125/athens-police-investigating-fatal-hit-and-run-on-cherokee-road and https://www.npr.org/2019/03/28/706481382/why-pedestrian-deaths-are-at-a-30-year-high
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