Victim Identified in Fatal Hit-And-Run Crash in Clayton County, Georgia
CLAYTON COUNTY, GA- Ajc.com writes that a deadly collision occurred in Clayton County this week. The victim was a 21-year-old man who saw his friend’s stolen truck, which led to an altercation on the roadway. The vehicles both ended up crashing off the side of the road, and the stolen pickup truck landed on the victim’s Lincoln LS. The young man died in the incident.*
Reports indicate that the truck was reported stolen prior to the crash. The man driving the truck fled the scene after the collision. Police have not yet found the man responsible for stealing the truck and causing the deadly wreck. Images from the scene also show a Yamaha motorcycle that was apparently attached to the stolen truck. The motorcycle was also reported as stolen.
The report indicated that the motivation to flee is not always clear, although in many cases, it is fairly apparent. In cases where the driver was drunk, they are most likely trying to avoid going to prison. The chances of a hit-and-run crash involving a drunk driver are about two to nine times as likely as a crash in which the drivers stay at the scene.
Hit-and-run collisions are on the rise in the United States. The AAA wrote a report that indicated that these crashes are becoming more common each year, with the numbers rising by 7.2 percent annually between 2009 and 2016.
The chances of a hit-and-run driver being caught are fairly low. Only about fifty percent of drivers involved in hit-and-run collisions are ever caught, although arrest rates vary significantly by state. Because of the low percentage of drivers who are identified, developing a profile is challenging.
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