Driver Strikes and Kills Pedestrian in Cobb County, and then Flees in Tragic Hit-and-Run
COBB COUNTY, GA- Patch.com writes that a 64-year-old man in Cobb County died in a hit-and-run accident in Georgia earlier this week. The crash occurred on Riverside Parkway when a 2020 Kia Optima struck the victim, killing him at the scene. The driver then fled, leaving the victim on the pavement.*
The incident occurred in the late evening, and police have now identified the suspected driver. The motorist, who was a 44-year-old woman from Austell, has now been arrested. Police charged the woman with a felony hit-and-run and driving on a suspended license.
Reports indicate that the Kia sustained damage in the collision and that someone contacted the police to identify the vehicle, allowing officers to apprehend the suspect.
AAA Reports a Spike in Hit-and-Run Accidents Throughout the United States
Hit-and-run crashes are increasing throughout the country. AAA issued a comprehensive report on the issue and found that pedestrians are the most common victims in deadly collisions involving a driver who flees the scene. Of course, when a vehicle strikes a person, the damage to the car is often not severe enough to prevent the motorist from fleeing.
The study published by AAA attempted to provide a typical profile of a hit-and-run driver. This was difficult because drivers often manage to evade arrest after these incidents. However, based on available data, AAA found that drivers who choose to leave crash sites are often drunk or driving on invalid licenses. These individuals understand that they will face severe consequences for causing a collision, and therefore decide to risk fleeing the scene. If these drivers are then apprehended, the penalties will be increased, and in many cases, will include felony charges and potential prison sentences.
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Sources:https://patch.com/georgia/marietta/man-64-killed-cobb-county-hit-run and https://newsroom.aaa.com/2018/04/hit-run-deaths-hit-record-high/
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