Pedestrian Struck in Hit-and-Run Collision in Eureka, California
EUREKA, CA- Krcrtv.com reports that a driver struck a pedestrian and then fled the scene on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. The Eureka Police Department issearching for information about the driver.*
The accident took place at around 12:30 a.m. at the 1700 block of Fourth Street. Reports indicate that the pedestrian sustained severe injuries and was in the roadway when emergency responders arrived on the scene.
Witnesses described the vehicle as a black two-door coup. The vehicle was seen driving west on Fourth Street following the crash.
Police are asking that anyone who has information about the suspect or the vehicle contact the authorities.
The AAA reports that 2,049 people in the United States died in hit-and-run crashes in 2016. In addition to fatal accidents, there are hundreds of thousands of other hit-and-run crashes annually. These crashes can cause severe injuries and expensive property damage. Many of the deadly crashes involve pedestrians as victims.
As hit-and-runs have become an increasing problem across the country, many have struggled to understand the reasons that people choose to leave the scene of an accident. Statistics indicate that many of these drivers are driving under the influence, or are driving without a valid license, making the penalties that they could be facing for the accident higher than they would have been if the driver was not violating another law. These drivers likely feel that the risk of fleeing is worth taking because it could mean avoiding drunk driving penalties. States have made changes to the law, such as increasing penalties for hit-and-run drivers, to help deter drivers from fleeing after causing crashes.
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