Hit-and-Run Driver Killed One in Macon, Georgia on November 11, 2018
MACON, GA- WGXA.tv writes that a pedestrian was struck and killed in Macon, Georgia while walking on Ocmulgee East Boulevard on Sunday, November 11, 2018. The victim was identified as John Thomas, 51.
The driver has not yet been apprehended. The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is requesting that anyone with information about the crash come forward and report to the Macon Regional Crime Stoppers.
A report conducted by the AAA indicates that hit-and-run crashes are becoming more common in the United States. The country has been seeing more fatalities occurring in crashes in which drivers flee the scene. The most likely victims in a hit-and-run crash are pedestrians and cyclists.
One frustrating fact about hit-and-run drivers is that they often get away with the crime. In New York, the city’s Vision Zero program has reduced the overall number of traffic fatalities but has done nothing to lower the number of hit-and-run crashes in the city. Out of 62 fatal or critical injury causing hit-and-run crashes in New York City in 2017, only 24 ever resulted in an arrest. Police only made arrests in 9 percent of all injury accidents, and only in 1 percent of overall hit-and-run crashes.
In Houston, the rate of arrests in deadly hit-and-run crashes is less than 50 percent. Crashes involving victims who are pedestrians are even more difficult for police because there are often no witnesses to the accident. In San Diego, only 87 percent of drivers who fled the scene of an accident were ever convicted. In some cases, drivers leave the scene because they were drinking or driving without a license. In some instances, drivers who flee the scene are able to sober up before being caught and end up with lower penalties for being guilty of a hit-and-run than they would have been if they had stayed and been caught driving under the influence.
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