Marietta Driver Strikes and Kills Pedestrian in Tragic Crash
COBB COUNTY, GA- Patch.com writes that a woman from Marietta died in a tragic accident earlier this week. Reports indicate that the victim was attempting to cross South Cobb Drive from the west to the east of the roadway when the crash occurred.*
The driver, a 32-year-old man, was operating a 2005 Suburban when he hit the 49-year-old woman. Responders rushed the victim to the Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, where medical providers declared her deceased.
The driver remained at the scene of the crash. According to police, the man was heading southbound in the evening when the incident happened.
Last year, according to the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration (NHTSA), car accident deaths dropped while pedestrian fatalities increased. Pedestrians now make up a larger percentage of all traffic deaths in the country. The NHTSA believes that the lower number of car accident victims is the result of safety technology that allows drivers to avoid collisions more easily. Newer technology serves to prevent may accidents by alerting drivers of dangers. The same systems will hopefully improve safety for other road users, but as of now, pedestrian detecting technology is not an adequate solution.
In a recent test of the technology, only thirteen of nineteen systems were able to avoid pedestrians or at least slow down enough to reduce the risks to pedestrians. Several of the systems completely failed the tests. The assessments only looked at performance during daylight on dry roadways, and none of the vehicles’ systems worked at night. Given the fact that about 75 percent of all deadly pedestrian crashes occur after dark, the systems are failing to help when they are needed most.
While the results of the tests indicate that pedestrian detection is not currently going to solve the nation’s high number of pedestrian deaths, it is new and will hopefully improve rapidly.
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Sources:https://patch.com/georgia/marietta/woman-hit-killed-marietta-driver-christmas and https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/roadway-fatalities-2018-fars and https://www.autonews.com/regulation-safety/pedestrian-detection-systems-produce-mixed-results-safety-study
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