Tragic Pedestrian Crash Reported in Smyrna, Georgia
SMYRNA, GA- Wsbtv.com writes that a man died in a fatal pedestrian crash in Smyrna, Georgia, over the weekend. The incident occurred at the intersection of South Cobb Drive and Windy Hill Road in the late evening. The police are still investigating the case.*
Witnesses at the scene stated that the man involved in the wreck was engaged in an altercation prior to being struck by a vehicle. One person involved in the confrontation left the scene. The identity of the deceased individual is not yet known.
Pedestrian crashes increased in recent years both in Georgia and nationally. One of the likely reasons for the rising number of deaths is likely the popularity of SUVs. Studies indicate that SUVs are far more deadly to people on foot than are sedans and smaller vehicles. Cars that are higher off the ground will strike a person on more vulnerable parts of their bodies, such as their torso or head. When a sedan strikes a person, it is more likely to hit a victim in their lower limbs, causing injuries, but being less likely to cause death.
Another factor in many of these accidents is poor visibility. About three-quarters of pedestrian deaths take place at night. Improved street lighting in areas with many pedestrians may, therefore, increase safety. Hopefully, cars will also soon be equipped with effective pedestrian detection systems. Currently, some vehicles are coming with technology that is intended to alert a driver of the presence of a person in or near the road. Studies have so far indicated that none of the systems available are capable of preventing pedestrian crashes at night and often fail during the day as well.
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Sources:https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/cobb-county/pedestrian-hit-by-car-smyrna-police-say/J3LVLCMO2FCTZFTTXMW6BFA5JU/ and https://www.macon.com/news/local/article239345133.html and https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2018/06/28/suvs-killing-americas-pedestrians/646139002/ and https://www.gahighwaysafety.org/research/ and https://www.consumerreports.org/car-safety/pedestrian-detection-works-but-technology-still-has-ways-to-go-aaa-study-finds/
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