TN Troopers Asking for Help Identifying Driver Involved in Fatal Hit-and-Run


January 04, 2019

SMYRNA, TN. – Tennessee Highway Patrol Troopers are asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver involved in a fatal hit-and-run pedestrian crash, according to an online news report from wsmv.com.*

The crash occurred around 10:30 a.m. on December 29. Police say a woman was struck and killed by a vehicle on Interstate 24 in Rutherford County, Tennessee. Troopers responded to the scene and found the victim lying in a ditch near the Almaville Road Exit on I-24. 

Troopers said the ditch line where they found the victim was far enough off the roadway that motorists would have had a difficult time seeing the woman. No description of the vehicle has been reported. 

However, officials are asking anyone with information about the driver or the vehicle involved to contact the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Persons with information can call (615) 744-3091 or (800) 736-0212 and ask for Sergeant Joe Agee or CID Sergeant Andrew Naylor.  

According to an article from NPR, pedestrian fatalities in the United States are a significant problem. In 2017, nearly 6,000 pedestrians died in traffic accidents in the U.S., a number that represents a 25-year high for the second year in a row. Pedestrian deaths increased by 27 percent from 2007 to 2016. Two possible explanations for the year-over-year increases are more vehicles on the road due to lower gas prices and high instances of distracted driving. 

And while the Governor’s Highway Safety Association says increases in pedestrian fatalities appear to be slowing, too many people are dying in these types of accidents every year. Pedestrian fatalities rose in 2017 in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Five states — California, Florida, Texas, New York, and Arizona — carried 30 percent of the U.S. population in 2017 but made up 43 percent of the pedestrian deaths that year. 

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Source:

https://www.wsmv.com/news/dead-in-hit-and-run-accident-on-i--near/article_9fca33a0-0bc1-11e9-8de3-8371f08f5fb0.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/28/589453431/pedestrian-fatalities-remain-at-25-year-high-for-second-year-in-a-row

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