Hit-and-Run Accident in Richmond County, Georgia Injures 13-Year-Old Boy on His Bicycle
RICHMOND COUNTY, GA. — Sheriff’s Deputies from Richmond County opened an investigation into solving a hit-and-run crash that severely injured a 13-year-old teenaged boy who was riding his bike. WJBF News Channel 6 reported the deputies are searching for a sports car like a Dodge Charger. Authorities have not identified any suspect or the suspect vehicle at this time even though the crash happened around 1 p.m. on a Friday. Authorities expect the thirteen-year-old victim to survive the crash. *
Law enforcement investigators said that the thirteen-year-old boy rode near the intersection of Wheelers Road and Milledgeville Road. Investigators did not describe how the accident happened. They said that the black vehicle, with four doors, and suspected to be a Dodge Charger fled from the area. Unfortunately, witnesses could not say in which direction the suspect vehicle fled. Witnesses did point out to police that the windshield of the suspect vehicle most likely is broken from the impact.
First responders brought the boy to a local hospital for medical intervention. No additional information about the boy’s condition was publicly announced.
Recent data shows that hit-and-run crashes are on the rise. According to AAA, fatal hit-and-run accidents have increased by 60% from 2009 to 2016, or an average of about 7.2% year over year. Since 2006, an average of 682,000 hit-and-run crashes happens each year or about one every minute. In 2016, hit-and-run crashes accounted for 2,049 fatalities. Equally as astounding, 65% of those people slain by hit-and-run drivers are bicycle riders and pedestrians. In fact, around 20% of all fatal pedestrian accidents are hit-and-run collisions. Conversely, only one percent of all fatalities in motor vehicle crashes are hit-and-run accidents.
Florida, New Mexico, and Louisiana have the highest per capita rate of hit-and-run accidents each year on average. Whereas, New Hampshire, Maine, and Minnesota have the fewest hit-and-run accidents annually.
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