Columbus, Georgia, Has Five Pedestrian Fatalities So Far in 2019
COLUMBUS, GA. – According to an online news story reported at ledger-enquirer.com, the City of Columbus, Georgia, has seen five pedestrian fatalities so far in 2019. The city is only one pedestrian fatality away from the total that occurred in Columbus throughout the whole year in 2018.*
The latest pedestrian fatality occurred in mid-July, when a 20-year-old woman was struck by a vehicle while she was attempting to cross Victory Drive in the area of Border Drive. The accident occurred close to 10 p.m., and the woman was taken to Piedmont Columbus Regional with serious injuries. Ledger-Enquirer and the Muscogee County Coroner’s Office report that the woman tragically died from her injuries at the hospital.
The area where the woman was hit is on a busy stretch of road that is not well lit. It also does not have a crosswalk. It is located next to the Interstate 185 interchange that leads into Fort Benning. This tragedy represents the fifth deadly pedestrian collision to happen in Columbus so far this year, and it brings the 2019 pedestrian fatality total to only one fewer than the total in Columbus during all of 2018.
Pedestrian deaths have reached a near-30-year high in the United States, according to information recently released by the U.S. Governor’s Highway Safety Association. Between 2008 and 2017, pedestrian fatalities increased by 35 percent. Data from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association shows that most fatal pedestrian accidents happen at night. Deadly nighttime collisions increased 45 percent in the country from 2008 to 2017.
Law enforcement officers and safety experts say that pedestrians are at the highest risk when they walk in poorly lit areas and attempt to cross roadways in areas that do not have crosswalks. Speed limits and the amount of traffic on roadways also contribute to the risks for pedestrians.
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