Pedestrian Struck and Killed on Mableton Parkway in Cobb, Georgia
COBB, GA- Mdjonline.com writes that a car struck and killed a man on Mableton Parkway late last week. The victim, a 63-year-old man from Mableton, was attempting to cross the roadway heading from the west side of the street to the east in the evening. Reports indicate that there is no crosswalk available to pedestrians in the area near the crash.*
A 48-year-old man was driving a 2008 Cadillac SRX southbound and attempted to swerve to avoid a crash and struck the victim.
Responders rushed the man to the Grady Memorial Hospital. Following the accident, the victim was responsive, but his injuries tragically proved fatal, and he died in the hospital a day after the crash.
The police are asking witnesses to come forward with any information about the deadly pedestrian collision.
According to records, there have been at least eight fatal pedestrian crashes in the county within the last few months. Last year, sixteen pedestrian crashes occurred in the county. Police blamed fourteen of those accidents on the pedestrians.
Georgia’s number of traffic deaths dropped very slightly last year, but pedestrian fatalities continue to rise. Safety advocates point out that victim-blaming pedestrians in deadly car crashes is not going to fix the problem. While people often blame pedestrians for crashes, saying that people are looking at their phones while walking, there are clearly many factors that make the roads less safe for foot traffic. High-speed limits and road design that favors vehicle traffic over foot traffic help create the problem. Vision Zero initiatives are focused on changing the way that people look at traffic crashes and moving towards a proactive approach to make improvements instead of accepting deadly traffic crashes.
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Source:https://www.mdjonline.com/news/mableton-man-dead-after-being-hit-by-car-police-say/article_518745de-152a-11ea-88cb-6773fe7272d3.html and https://patch.com/georgia/atlanta/georgia-pedestrian-deaths-spike-2018-report and https://visionzeronetwork.org/resist-victim-blaming-stand-up-for-pedestrian-safety/
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