Deadly Hit-and-Run Tragically Kills One in Adel, Georgia (GA)
ADEL, GA- Valdostadailytimes.com Police in Cook County are searching for a driver who struck and killed another motorist this week in Adel. The deadly collision occurred in the early morning on Georgia Hwy 76 close to Cook Street.*
One of the involved vehicles, identified as a Chevy Tahoe, was traveling northbound while a Dodge Avenger was driving southbound. The Tahoe reportedly was attempting to turn around to travel southbound. The driver pulled into a driveway and then attempted to pull back onto the highway but collided with the back of the Avenger. The driver in the Chevrolet then fled the scene. The impact killed a 53-year-old man from Adel. Two passengers were also traveling in the Avenger, and both sustained injuries. Police have not yet identified the person driving the Tahoe and are continuing their investigation into the crash. The Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is working on the case.
Most deadly hit-and-runs involve fatal pedestrian incidents. Pedestrians and cyclists are more vulnerable on the roadway, and therefore more likely to die in a crash where the vehicle is still able to flee the scene. Hit-and-run collisions are increasing throughout the United States. According to the AAA, each year, the number of deadly hit-and-runs is going up by about 7.2 percent. It is not clear why more hit-and-runs are occurring. Cities that are suffering high numbers of hit-and-run crashes often attempt to reduce the number of these incidents by increasing the penalties for fleeing the scene of a crash. Unfortunately, this strategy is not proving effective. Researchers state that cities and states with higher penalties for hit-and-run drivers do not experience declines in these crashes. Another strategy employed by many states is to enlist the help of the public in identifying a hit-and-run driver. These locations establish an alert system that will notify the public in the event of a hit-and-run crash, which can help police recover valuable information about the location of the driver immediately after the collision.
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