Driver Strikes and Kills Pedestrian in Tragic Hit-and-Run on Tara Boulevard in Clayton County, Georgia (GA)
CLAYTON COUNTY, GA- Fox5atlanta.com writes that a driver killed a pedestrian in a crash in Clayton County, Georgia, this week. The incident occurred in the later evening near to the intersection of Tara Boulevard and Valley Hill Road. The victim was seemingly attempting to cross the road at the time of the crash.*
After striking the pedestrian, the driver fled the scene. Police are currently searching for the vehicle involved and the suspect. Investigators will be using footage taken in the are to help identify the vehicle.
Officers are requesting that anyone with information about the crash, the vehicle, or the suspect contact the Clayton County police.
Hit-and-runs are increasing throughout the country, and the victims tend to be pedestrians or cyclists far more often than they are occupants of vehicles. From 2009 through 2016, the number of people killed by hit-and-run motorists increased by 60 percent. Of those victims, 65 percent were walking or biking. When a car kills a pedestrian, the driver is often able to drive away from the scene. The opportunity to flee is lower in deadly wrecks involving multiple vehicles.
The study found that Georgia ranked fourteenth in the nation for hit-and-run crashes. The worst states for these incidents include New Mexico, Louisiana, and Florida.
Understanding the reason that these crashes are on the rise is complicated. According to a spokesperson for the AAA, the cause is likely a combination of factors. The number of pedestrians killed has gone up over the years, and that fact alone likely played a role in the rise in hit-and-run deaths. However, occupants in cars are dying more often in hit-and-runs as well, suggesting that higher numbers of pedestrian deaths are not the only reason for the increase.
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