Man Dies After Hit by Car in Sylvester, Georgia
SYLVESTER, GA. – A man died after being struck by a car in Sylvester, Georgia, according to an online news report from walb.com. It was also reported that the man may have been lying in the road prior to the car striking him.*
Georgia State Patrol says 59-year-old Roy Roosevelt James Sr. was lying in the road at South Main Street and MLK Jr. Drive in Sylvester, Georgia. One southbound car swerved to avoid hitting him, and a second car struck him. The drivers of both these cars stopped to help James.
James was transported to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries. It is not clear why he was lying in the roadway before the collision. Georgia State Patrol said no charges would be filed against the driver who hit him. No additional information has been reported at this time.
According to a report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, pedestrian fatalities in the United States have been rising at an alarming rate. Pedestrian deaths have risen substantially faster than other types of traffic deaths, increasing by 27 percent from 2007 to 2016. In 2007, pedestrian deaths accounted for 11 percent of all traffic fatalities in the U.S., and by 2016, that figure rose to 16 percent. Pedestrians are dying in higher numbers in traffic accidents today than at any other time in 33 years.
The report provides state-specific data, which shows that in 2016, Georgia had a pedestrian fatality rate of 2.25 per every 100,000 people. New Mexico had the highest pedestrian fatality rate at 3.45 per 100,000, and Nebraska had the lowest rate at 0.68 per 100,000.
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