Deadly Hit-and-Run Reported in Bartow County, Georgia (GA)
BARTOW COUNTY, GA- Chattanoogan.com writes that a deadly hit-and-run crash occurred this week in Bartow County. The crash involved a vehicle and a cyclist.*
Reports indicate that the incident took place in the late evening when the cyclist was heading South on Highway 41. A car traveling behind the cyclist struck the individual while he was riding on the shoulder of the road. The authorities identified the victim as a 33-year-old man from Rome. The Georgia State Patrol is searching for information regarding the vehicle involved in the crash. Witnesses or others with information regarding the vehicle or the driver should contact the police.
Hit-and-run crashes are common and tragic throughout the United States. Studies suggest that these deadly incidents are increasing annually throughout the nation. The victims in hit-and-run crashes tend to be vulnerable road users, such as cyclists or pedestrians. In fact, pedestrians make up about 65 percent of the victims in hit-and-run collisions. The AAA conducted the study and explained that the reason vulnerable road users are involved in more hit-and-run crashes is a matter of opportunity. Drivers who strike a cyclist on the road at night likely suffer minimal damage to their vehicles, and may not have been noticed by others on the road. Those drivers, therefore, likely believe they have the ability to flee the scene and not be detected. A deadly crash involving multiple vehicles will rarely leave one of those vehicles in good enough condition to drive away from the scene.
The AAA also states that drivers who caused hit-and-run crashes are more likely to be drunk at the time of the accident. The chances of a driver who flees the scene being under the influence of alcohol or drugs are about two if not nine times higher than a driver who stays at the scene. Alcohol impairment is likely the reason many of these drivers choose to leave the scene as they may fear the consequences related to driving under the influence.
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