Man Strikes and Kills Two Pedestrians in Tragic Atlanta Hit-and-Run Crash in Atlanta, Georgia (GA)
ATLANTA, GA- Ajc.com writes that a man struck and killed two pedestrians this week in Atlanta, Georgia. The driver reportedly then fled the scene of the incident.*
Reports indicate that the crash took place on the Downtown Connector in the early morning. The pedestrians were both in the northbound lanes of the road to the north of Edgewood Avenue when they were killed. The victims had been traveling in cars but were involved in a crash. When they exited their vehicles to check if their cars were damaged, a Ford Explorer struck them both and then continued to drive away from the scene.
The man operating the Ford that struck the victims was later identified and apprehended by the police. Officers stated that the vehicle was located close to Interstate 85 and Piedmont Avenue. The wreck led to an investigation that closed the roadway down for several hours. Major traffic delays were reported in the city and Midtown. The suspect was a 25-year-old man, who is now facing charges, including counts for vehicular homicide.
The AAA writes that hit-and-run incidents and resulting fatalities have been increasing in the United States for years. Hundreds of thousands of hit-and-runs are reported each year, and in 2016, 2,049 people died as a result of these crashes.
When a driver flees the scene of a crash in which a person is injured, the victim often suffers immensely due to a delay in medical treatment. This can lead to increasingly severe consequences for the victims. Hit-and-runs are also criminal acts which can place a burden on law enforcement offers, and create obstacles for families dealing with insurance claims.
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