Pedestrian Dies in Tragic Crash in Near Union City
UNION CITY, GA- Ajc.com writes that a woman from Fairburn tragically died after being struck by a car close to Union City in Georgia. The victim, identified as a 65-year-old woman, was walking on Roosevelt Highway in the middle of the night when a 2017 Nissan Sentra collided with her.*
Police indicated that the victim was not in a marked crosswalk and was dressed in dark-colored clothing when the crash took place. The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the incident. No charges have been filed against the driver at this time.
NHTSA Reports The Good News That Car Accident Fatalities Have Dropped in the Past Two Years
Last year, Georgia boasted about the state’s improving motor-vehicle death numbers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatal crashes in the state dropped by just over two percent between 2017 and 2018. This was the second consecutive year of lower car accident fatalities in Georgia. Many in the state thanked the new hands-free law entered in 2018 for the increased road safety.
Sadly, pedestrian deaths in Georgia, and across the United States, are increasing each year even as fewer vehicle occupants are dying. Within the last five years, the number of pedestrian fatalities in the state rose by a shocking 60 percent. Phones are still taking part of the blame, according to state officials. One recent study indicates that Georgia placed one of its cities, Macon, in the top ten for worst states for pedestrian safety. Specifically, the report compared the 200 largest cities in the country and ranked each one for its per capita rate of fatal pedestrian accidents. With 4.4 reported pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people, the city of Macon’s numbers are far worse than the national average of 1.7 per 100,000.
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Sources:https://www.ajc.com/news/pedestrian-killed-after-being-hit-near-union-city/95UKMeJaoGTDYhndZl2flK/ and https://www.gahighwaysafety.org/research/ and https://www.macon.com/news/local/community/houston-peach/article239345133.html