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Pedestrian Killed in Tragic Hit-and-Run Crash in West Palm Beach, Florida (FL)


May 18, 2020

WEST PALM BEACH, FL- Cbs12.com writes that a woman is dead after being struck by a driver in Palm Beach County. The incident occurred on Okeechobee Boulevard as the victim attempted to cross the eastbound lanes of traffic. The 67-year-old female was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash.*

According to reports, the impact caused the woman's leg to become dismembered. The victim's leg then struck a westbound car. After striking the woman, the driver fled the scene. The vehicle that killed the woman has not been identified, and police are requesting that anyone with information about the crash contact the sheriff's office. 

A report conducted by the AAA found that about one out of every five deadly pedestrian crashes is a hit-and-run. This has been true for around three decades. The number of hit-and-run crashes that occur continues to rise each year. Creating a profile of hit-and-run drivers is somewhat challenging, as many of these motorists are never identified. However, based on available data, the AAA found that these drivers are likely young men who have previous DUI or DWI charges and often have had their licenses suspended in the past. 

The drivers who flee the scene are often motivated by a desire to avoid legal ramifications for their actions. In many of these cases, these drivers also have the ability to flee unnoticed because the crashes frequently occur at night when few witnesses are around to identify the suspect. Some also point out that if these drivers are under the influence, they could be less inhibited and, therefore, more likely to leave the scene. Efforts to prevent these crashes have largely focused on increasing the penalties. However, research indicates that this approach is not often effective. 

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Sources:

https://cbs12.com/news/local/deputies-looking-for-car-involved-in-fatal-pedestrian-hit-and-run-crash

https://aaafoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/18-0058_Hit-and-Run-Brief_FINALv2.pdf


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