Hit-and-Run Driver Tragically Kills Pedestrian on Providence Boulevard in Clarkesville, Tennessee (TN)
CLARKESVILLE, TN- Wkrn.com writes that a driver struck and killed a pedestrian in Clarkesville this week. The motorist then fled the scene of the collision.
Reports indicate that the incident occurred in the late evening on Providence Boulevard.
Police do not yet have a description of the vehicle or the suspect involved in the accident.
The AAA carried out a study into deadly hit-and-run crashes and found that such tragedies are on the rise throughout the nation. Most hit-and-runs involve a pedestrian being struck and killed by a fleeing driver. Cyclists are also commonly the victims of these incidents. In fact, 65 percent of the people killed by hit-and-run drivers are either cyclists or pedestrians.
Perhaps more people would flee the scene of crashes involving multiple vehicles if they could, but in most cases, a crash that is severe enough to kill occupants of a vehicle is also serious enough to leave the cars inoperable. In pedestrian crashes, the vehicles may only sustain minimal damage, and so drivers who are inclined to leave, have that opportunity.
Tennessee has more than its fair share of hit-and-run drivers. According to the study, the state comes in eleventh place in terms of per capita deadly hit-and-runs.
The number of deaths caused by fleeing motorists has also increased over the last ten years or so. Part of the reason that these incidents may be occurring more often is that there has also been a rise in pedestrian collisions in general. That explanation, however, cannot fully explain the rise in hit-and-run deaths because the number of hit-and-run deaths involving vehicle occupants also increased over the course of the years studied.
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