Young Man Killed in Tragic Pedestrian Crash on GA 400 in Atlanta, Georgia
ATLANTA, GA- 11alive.com writes that a 21-year-old man died in a pedestrian crash last weekend in Atlanta. The student was reportedly walking on GA 400, which is a busy highway. The early morning crash occurred in the southbound lanes close to Sidney Marcus Boulevard.*
Responders declared the victim dead at the scene. The driver remained at the scene of the crash and stated that the incident occurred in the left-hand lane.
The victim was in his final year of school at Gwinnett Technical University, where he was studying engineering.
The family is devasted and confused by the death. No one knows how the young man ended up in the roadway in the early morning on the day of the tragic accident. Reports indicate that he had been at a bar the night before, but his car and phone have not yet been located.
In Georgia, more pedestrians are dying every year. The same trend is playing out on a national scale where more than 6,000 pedestrians died in 2018. Big cars and smartphones are often to blame, and yet the numbers are not increasing universally.
Infrastructure is indefinitely a part of the problem. In many parts of the country, roads lack safe places for people to walk or cross the street. Adding more pedestrian-friendly infrastructure could help resolve at least part of the problem.
Another issue pedestrians are facing is low visibility at night. Drivers often cannot see a person walking on the road until they are up too close to avoid hitting the person. The problem is even greater in cases where the vehicles are moving at a high rate of speed. Better headlights or street lighting could improve safety for pedestrians.
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Sources:https://www.11alive.com/article/news/local/21-year-old-student-killed-while-walking-on-ga-400-just-days-before-his-birthday/85-d8442258-89fb-4c5c-9365-a2d6aea3fe0d and https://patch.com/georgia/atlanta/georgia-pedestrian-deaths-spike-2018-report and http://www.pedbikesafe.org/pedsafe/countermeasures_detail.cfm?CM_NUM=8
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