Numerous Pedestrian Accidents Occur During First Half of 2019 in Macon, Georgia
MACON, GA. – According to a news report published online at wgxa.tv, numerous pedestrian accidents have occurred in Macon, Georgia, during the first half of 2019. The number of accidents has some residents and safety experts wondering if things need to change in the area in order to prevent injuries and fatalities.*
From January through May 2019, at least five pedestrians have been struck and killed in the Macon area. The latest such accident occurred when a man was trying to retrieve a ladder that fell off his vehicle on a Bibb County, Georgia, highway and was hit by several passing vehicles. It happened near Griffin Road on Georgia Highway 247, and WGXA reports that the man tragically died after being transported to the Medical Center, Navicent Health.
“Unfortunately, it happened on a road that really is just designed for vehicle traffic, and of course, he normally wouldn’t have been out there,” said Tom Ellington, president of the Macon Pedestrian Safety Review Board, said about the accident on Highway 247. “Drivers and pedestrians must be cautious.”
At least four other people have been killed in Middle Georgia after being hit by cars, according to the news report. Safety experts say a lot of these accidents have to do with the design of current roadways in the state and around the country.
“Once you zoom out nationally, we know that things have gotten worse for a variety of reasons,” Ellington said. “A lot of that is infrastructure wasn’t designed for pedestrians. It was designed to move cars as quickly as possible.”
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