Hit-and-Run Crash Tragically Kills One on US 378 in Sumpter County, South Carolina (SC)
SUMPTER COUNTY, SC- Abcnews4.com writes that a driver struck a pedestrian in Sumpter County and then fled the scene. The crash took place overnight on US 378, close to US Highway 15.*
Now, police say that they have arrested the driver, identified as a 45-year-old man. That individual is currently facing charges, including for hit-and-run resulting in death.
In recent years, the number of hit-and-run fatalities has increased nationally. Part of the reason could be a rise in overall pedestrian crashes. About one in five pedestrians killed in America die in a hit-and-run. While the number of pedestrian crashes is on the rise, that percentage has stayed relatively stable. However, the AAA states that the number of people killed in multiple-vehicle hit-and-run crashes also went up, suggesting other factors are also contributing to the rise in such tragic incidents.
In South Carolina, the number of hit-and-run fatalities is higher than in the majority of the country. The Palmetto State came in ninth place in per capita hit-and-run fatalities. The worst three states on the list include New Mexico, Louisiana, and Florida. On the other end of the rankings, the states with the fewest hit-and-run deaths are New Hampshire, Maine, and Minnesota.
The AAA writes that in the most recent year included in their study, 2016, 2,049 people were killed in hit-and-run crashes. That number is the highest on record and represents a 60 percent increase as compared to 2009. The study indicates a troubling trend in terms of hit-and-run fatalities across the nation. Pedestrians and cyclists account for nearly two-thirds of those deaths.
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