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Pedestrian Tragically Killed on Interstate 75 in Whitfield County, Georgia


December 20, 2019

WHITFIELD, GA- Wdef.com writes that a woman was walking back to her vehicle on the side of Interstate 75 when a truck hit her, killing her at the scene.*

Reports indicate that the woman stepped into the right lane of traffic where the truck was traveling at the time. Police say that they do not anticipate filing charges against the driver of the truck. 

Just last week, another woman died in a similar incident on the exit ramp located at East Brainerd Road. The earlier victim had been involved in a small crash and was returning to her car after exchanging information with the other driver when another vehicle struck and killed her.  

Pedestrian deaths are increasing around the country as well as in Georgia. Many pedestrian crash investigations end with police stating that no charges will be filed against the driver of the vehicle that killed the person. Reports state that pedestrians walked into the path of vehicles or were in the roadway and wearing dark clothing, indicating a tendency to blame the victims in pedestrian incidents. 

Recently, many safety advocates have been criticizing accident reporting, and police investigations that seem to take an "accidents happen" approach to deadly pedestrian crashes. When reports blame victims in pedestrian crashes, the result is that nothing changes. However, the rising pedestrian death toll indicates that there is a need for changes to roadway infrastructure and traffic laws. While people traveling on foot need to be cautious, the reality of American roads is that they favor vehicles over pedestrians. People walking on roadways are often put in situations where there might not be a safer option.

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Sources:https://wdef.com/2019/12/12/state-patrol-says-woman-hit-returning-car/ and https://patch.com/georgia/atlanta/georgia-pedestrian-deaths-spike-2018-report and https://mobilitylab.org/2018/04/16/we-blame-pedestrians-for-dying-even-when-drivers-are-at-fault/ and https://usa.streetsblog.org/2019/01/14/six-ways-the-media-is-still-blaming-the-victim/

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