Tragic Pedestrian Crash Kills One in Morgan County, Georgia
MORGAN COUNTY, GA- Morgancountycitizen.com writes that a 72-year-old man died in a pedestrian crash this week. The victim was struck by a 2008 Jeep Wrangler that was traveling south and entering the turn lanes to drive into a local grocery store.*
According to reports, the morning was foggy when the driver failed to see the victim who was attempting to cross the roadway. The driver stated that he only noticed the pedestrian in the last second, and attempted to swerve to the left, but still collided with the victim. Reports indicate that the driver is a 44-year-old man from Madison. Police stated that there was no crosswalk at the location where the victim was attempting to cross. The authorities have not filed any charges in relation to the accident. A local pastor spoke about the victim, whom he referred to as a well-respected family man. The pastor said that the victim was always helpful, handy, and willing to offer assistance on any projects at the church.
Pedestrian crashes are becoming deadlier. While fewer vehicle occupants are dying in collisions, the number of pedestrians dying is on the rise. SUVs are considered the main reason that pedestrian incidents have become more lethal. These larger vehicles are more likely to strike higher on a victim’s body and can cause more severe injuries.
Distracted driving, especially related to cell phone use, is another problem. While Georgia has initiated a hands-free law, not every driver abides by that new law, and pedestrians are also more prone to distraction from these devices.
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Source:https://morgancountycitizen.com/2020/01/23/pedestrian-struck-killed-near-ingles/ and https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2018/06/28/suvs-killing-americas-pedestrians/646139002/ and https://www.gahighwaysafety.org/research/
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