18-Year-Old Pedestrian Hit by Vehicle in Rome, Georgia
ROME, GA. – According to an online news report published by northwestgeorgianews.com, an 18-year-old pedestrian was hit and injured by a vehicle in Rome, Georgia. The teenager reportedly has autism and entered the roadway unaware of his surroundings. The driver of the vehicle was charged following the accident for a different offense.*
At approximately 5 p.m. on February 14, an 18-year-old boy was talking on East Second Avenue in Rome with two female friends. The boy, who reportedly has autism, was on the right side of the road and suddenly started to cross the street near Coosa Valley Credit Union. The boy walked into the path of an oncoming vehicle, and the vehicle struck him.
The driver of the vehicle attempted to brake to avoid the accident, according to the Rome Police Department, but the collision could not be prevented. Police reported that the boy entered the roadway because he was not aware of oncoming traffic or of the danger. They did not provide any other reasons for the accident.
First responders transported the boy to a nearby hospital for emergency medical care. Officers did not say how seriously the teen was injured and did not provide a current medical status. The boy’s name has not been released.
The driver of the vehicle, identified as 24-year-old woman from was not injured in the wreck. Officers concluded from their investigation of the collision that she was not at fault in the accident. However, they discovered she had been driving without a license, and they charged her for that offense. No further information has been reported.
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