Pedestrian is Killed in Carroll County Accident that Left I-20 Blocked for Hours
CARROLL COUNTY, GEORGIA – According to an online news article published by www.ajc.com, a pedestrian was struck and killed in Carroll County along I-20, blocking lanes for hours.*
At around 6:00 a.m. on May 7, 2019, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle merging onto I-20 from the Georgia 61 entrance ramp. According to the Georgia State Patrol, the pedestrian was walking in the right lane on I-20 when a Nissan Versa hit the pedestrian. The impact threw the pedestrian into the center lane of I-20. The accident shut down all westbound lanes of I-20 for approximately two hours through Villa Rica. Lanes were reopened around 9:00 a.m.
Reports indicate that based on the appearance of the pedestrian’s body as well as a statement from the driver of the Nissan Versa, the pedestrian was likely hit by multiple westbound vehicles on I-20 after the initial impact. However, the only vehicle to stop and remain at the scene of the accident was the Nissan Versa.
The identity of the pedestrian has not yet been released. Some reports indicated there was a belief that the pedestrian was a Georgia inmate that had walked away from work duty on May 6, 2019. However, that rumor has been dispelled, and authorities are still on the lookout for the inmate.
The Dangers of Walking Along Busy Roads and Highways
Roads and highways are dangerous enough for vehicles, and such dangers only increase for pedestrians walking alongside vehicles. Seeing a pedestrian walking alongside an interstate early in the morning is a rare site. However, pedestrians may find the need to walk along the highway in a situation where their car has broken down, and they are trying to get help. In other instances, pedestrians may be walking along an interstate for no reason at all.
Whatever the reasons may be, pedestrians are extremely vulnerable when walking along highways where vehicles are traveling extremely fast. An investigation into the death of the unidentified man will hopefully shed light on why he was walking along I-20 in Carroll County shortly before he was struck and killed.
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