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2-Year-Old Child Struck By Vehicle, Minor Injuries Reported


July 31, 2019

AUGUSTA, GA – According to an online news report at wjbf.com, deputies from Richmond County were dispatched to the scene of a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle on Deans Bridge Road earlier this week.*

A 2-year-old boy darted away from his grandmother in the parking lot of a shopping center.  The child proceeded to run into Deans Bridge Road where he was struck by a vehicle that was travelling at a low rate of speed.  The child was taken to an area hospital where he is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.  It is not expected for charges to be filed against the driver who struck the child.  There are no further details on the accident at this time.

Given their low stature, children are at a higher risk of being hit by a vehicle than adults at crosswalks.  Given their small size, they are less visible to drivers than adults.  It is also less likely that a child will check both ways before crossing a road. The ability to evaluate the surrounding risks is much less in children who are young, and a child may believe that it is safe to cross at a crosswalk when in reality, it is not.  

Heavy suburban areas in Georgia pose a greater risk to children walking through crosswalks to get to their destination, whether it be school, home or another location.  

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it reports that the highest percentage of deaths for children pedestrians aged 14 and younger, happened between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. This is typically the time when children are coming home from school, and walking home from lessons or sports practice.  

For children aged 14 and younger, 76% of pedestrian-related deaths occurred at non-intersections, including a sidewalk when a car runs off of the road or a sidewalk when a vehicle is backing out of a driveway or parking spot.  

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Source:https://www.wjbf.com/news/pedestrian-struck-on-deans-bridge-road-2/

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