Hit-and-run Driver Tragically Kills Two on Walmart Property in Nashville, Tennessee
NASHVILLE, TN- Newschannel9.com writes that two people died in a crash late last week. A pickup truck struck a smaller car in front of a Walmart, killing two individuals in the smaller vehicle. Witnesses reported that the truck sped through a red traffic light just before slamming into the victims’ vehicle.*
The force of the impact sent the smaller vehicle crashing through a fence. The victims’ car then struck a tree. The man driving the pickup truck then fled the scene of the accident. According to police, they have a suspect who matches the witness' descriptions. The driver is believed to be a 26-year-old man.
The crash killed a 26-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman. Both of the victims were students at Tennessee State University. The victims both were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the deadly collision.
According to a report carried out by the AAA, 2,049 people died in hit-and-run crashes in 2016. Most of the victims are pedestrians.
The report states that it is difficult to develop a profile for hit-and-run drivers because many of them do not get caught. However, from the information we do have, it appears that these drivers are often young men, and are more likely to be drunk or impaired at the time of the crash than drivers who do not flee the scene. They are also more likely to have a suspended or revoked driver’s license.
While many states have increased their penalties for hit-and-run drivers, these types of laws do not seem to be effective in deterring drivers from fleeing the scene. This could be the result of the drivers often being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and impairment could make drivers more impulsive.
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Source:https://newschannel9.com/news/local/police-seek-driver-who-fled-tennessee-crash-that-killed-2-12-01-2019 and https://aaafoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/18-0058_Hit-and-Run-Brief_FINALv2.pdf
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