Woman Dies in Tragic Pedestrian Crash in Greenville, Georgia
GREENVILLE COUNTY, GA - Greenvilleonline.com writes that one person died in a crash in Greenville County this week near Piedmont. Police identified the victim as a 36-year-old woman from Greenville. The woman was walking across a street at the intersection of West Georgia Road and Augusta Road.*
At the location of the crash, Augusta Road, which is US 25, has five lanes of traffic. Responders transported the woman to the Prisma Greenville Memorial Hospital, where she died a short while later.
The coroner stated that the victim was killed by blunt force trauma. The crash is still under investigation.
Georgia has not been successful in reducing the number of pedestrian crashes in the state. While vehicle occupants are dying in lower numbers each year, the number of pedestrians killed continues to rise. The Governor’s Office for Highway Safety in Georgia writes that over the past five years, the number of pedestrian fatalities has risen by about 60 percent. In 2018, 261 people died in fatal pedestrian crashes, indicating that eight more deaths occurred on the state’s roads than the previous year.
Some officials in the state blame distractions caused by smartphones and cellphones for the rising number of pedestrian fatalities. At the same time, Georgia implemented a hands-free law in 2018, which the state believes is driving down the number of vehicle occupant deaths.
Of course, the high rate of fatal pedestrian incidents is not a problem unique to Georgia. Across the nation, the rate of deadly pedestrian crashes has been on the rise. The numbers coming in from 2019 indicate that last year was the deadliest in more than three decades when it comes to pedestrian fatalities in America.
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