Tragic Pedestrian Crash Kills One in Acworth, Georgia
ACWORTH, GA- Patch.com writes that a man from Acworth died in a crash over the weekend when he was struck by a vehicle. The pedestrian was crossing Highway 92 in Cherokee County in the late morning when a left-turning vehicle struck him.*
According to reports, the victim, a 64-year-old man, was in a crosswalk at the time of the incident. Responders rushed the man to the Kennestone Hospital, where his condition was reportedly serious. One day after the crash, the man died from his injuries. The driver, a 63-year-old man from Acworth, stayed at the scene of the crash and is cooperating with the police in the investigation. So far, no charges have been filed against the driver. Investigators do not believe that speed or impairment were factors in the tragic collision.
Pedestrian crashes are increasing around the country and in Georgia in particular. Both in Georgia and nationally, occupants traveling in vehicles are now less likely to die, but pedestrian fatalities continue to climb. As of 2018, pedestrian deaths had reached their highest point in close to 30 years. A big part of the problem appears to be SUVs. Large vehicles are more likely to cause severe and fatal injuries than are smaller and lower to the ground sedans. While a sedan may strike a victim in his or her legs, an SUV will likely collide with a person’s torso or head causing serious and often deadly injuries. The rise in pedestrian deaths matches the rising popularity of large passenger cars.
Of course, cell phones are also often considered a contributing factor. Many drivers and pedestrians are more distracted, which could be leading to a greater number of pedestrian deaths in recent years.
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Sources:https://patch.com/georgia/woodstock/sheriffs-office-man-died-saturday-crossing-hwy-92-robin-rd and https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2018/06/28/suvs-killing-americas-pedestrians/646139002/ and https://www.autonews.com/regulation-safety/pedestrian-fatalities-us-roads-hit-almost-30-year-high
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