Hit-and-Run Crash Kills Pedestrian in Southwest Atlanta
Atlanta-Fox 5 reported that a man died in a hit-and-run crash in southwest Atlanta. Police say the driver fled the scene of the fatal collision. The driver eventually returned to the site of the collision and began cooperating with police officers. The investigation conducted by Atlanta police is still ongoing.*
The fatality happened around 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 5, 2018, on University Avenue close to the intersection with Pryor Road. The first reports that came into police indicated that the man who was killed was standing in the travel lane when the suspect car struck him. However, a witness, whose name was not released to the press, suggests otherwise. The female witness said that the deceased male was standing very close to the curb when the offending car ran him over. The woman told police she had to take evasive action to miss the man when he landed in the street.
The witness told police that she followed the suspect vehicle and used her cell phone to take a photo of the license tags. She then turned around to return to the scene and call for assistance. She told the police call taker what she witnessed and that the man was dead.
The driver returned to the scene and identified himself or herself as the person who hit the pedestrian. Fox5 did not identify the driver. Police have not charged the operator with a criminal offenseat this juncture. That could change pending the outcome of the police reconstruction of the accident.
Carnage on the road continues in Georgia. Pedestrian deaths are 15% greater at this time in 2018 compared to 2017. As of early June, 111 pedestrians died in Georgia in 2018, according to the Claims Journal. Nationally, pedestrian deaths are on the rise and have been since their lowest point statistically in 2009. In 2016, Georgia had the fourth most hit-and-run crashes nationwidewith 72.
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