Police Are Searching for Hit-and-Run Driver Who Struck and Injured Bicyclist in Floyd County, Georgia
FLOYD COUNTY, GA – As reported in an online news article published by www.11alive.com, a 51-year-old woman was struck by a car and injured in a hit-and-run accident while riding her bicycle on a Sunday morning.*
According to the Floyd County Police Department, a 51-year-old woman sustained injuries in a hit-and-run bicycle accident. The accident happened when the woman was biking on the Rome Bypass near Burnett Ferry Road on a Sunday morning. The woman was struck by a vehicle and was later found on the shoulder of the road.
The injured bicyclist is in stable condition and may be released from the hospital one day following the accident, according to the woman’s friends. The police department released photographs of the woman’s mangled bicycle and are asking anyone with information to come forward to help track down the hit-and-run driver.
Study Released by AAA Shows Hit-and-Run Accident Deaths Are on the Rise
Just as pedestrian accident deaths are on the rise nationwide, so too are hit-and-run accident deaths. In many cases, hit-and-run accidents involve pedestrians, so some data may overlap. According to a study released by AAA in April 2018, hit-and-run accident deaths were at an all-time high, increasing by 60 percent between 2009 and 2016. Pedestrians and bicyclists accounted for 65 percent of hit-and-run fatalities.
According to AAA, the study “found that most victims of fatal hit-and-run crashes are pedestrians and bicyclists,” and that over “the past 10 years, nearly 20 percent of all pedestrian deaths were caused by hit-and-run crashes, compared to just 1 percent of all driver fatalities in the same time period.”
The AAA study revealed that Georgia ranked 14 in the nation for hit-and-run fatalities. One reason why hit-and-run fatalities involving pedestrians and bicyclists are on the rise is because “drivers are more likely to flee after a crash that results in the death of a pedestrian or cyclist, as opposed to a vehicle occupant, simply because a vehicle is much less likely to still be drivable after a crash severe enough to kill a vehicle occupant.”
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Source:https://www.11alive.com/article/news/local/authorities-search-for-driver-who-hit-woman-on-bike/85-0b6e7fe7-5cdc-45e0-8339-865c47c7edb3 and https://www.cars.com/articles/hit-and-run-deaths-are-way-up-how-dangerous-is-your-state-1420699813513/
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