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Cobb County Department of Transportation Examining Unsafe Sidewalk Injuries


March 15, 2019

COBB COUNTY, GA – According to wsbtv.com, the Cobb County Department of Transportation is examining an unsafe crosswalk where two Wheeler High School students were struck over the weekend while attempting to cross the street.*

The two students who were struck were transporting gym equipment while crossing the crosswalk Saturday night, which is on Hold Road.  The students were struck by a seventy three year old who slammed into them.  It has been reported that both students suffered serious injuries as a result of the accident.  One student has been released from the hospital and is now recovering at home.  The other student, a seventeen year old male who is a point guard on the school’s varsity basketball team, is still at the hospital where he is currently being treated for his injuries. 

As a result of the accident, the Cobb County Department of Transportation (DOT) is contemplating the addition of a better, more well observed crosswalk where the accident occurred.  

"It was a real tragic situation this weekend. We hope the victims recover as best as possible. This situation with Holt Road has been ongoing for a while," said a Cobb County spokesman.

Within the next few days, the DOT plans on the installation of cameras at the crosswalk where the accident occurred so they can evaluate pedestrian patterns of crossing the busy road.   “The goal is to eventually put something in between the high school and the middle school. Flashing lights. Some signs to help pedestrians cross more easily," the spokesperson said

According to nationwide statistics, there are several causes of pedestrian accidents.  These include the following:

  • Distracted driving and/or walking, most commonly due to cell phone use
  • Alcohol consumption/drug use of either the driver or the pedestrian or both
  • Jaywalking 
  • Limited to no crosswalk signage
  • Poor visibility
  • Alcohol consumption/drug use of either the driver or the pedestrian or both
  • Driver and/or pedestrian inattention
  • Nighttime driving and walking
  • High traffic areas
  • Bad weather conditions

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Source:https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/cobb-county/neighbors-say-crosswalk-where-teens-were-hit-by-car-isn-t-safe/929340398

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