Driver Facing Charges Following Tragic Hit-and-Run in Robeson County, North Carolina (NC)
ROBESON COUNTY, NC- Wmbfnews.com writes that a man is now facing charges related to a fatal hit-and-run collision that occurred in the late evening in Robeson County. The driver involved in the crash was identified as a 21-year-old man from Lumberton. Reports indicate that the motorist was traveling on in a 2008 Buick when he collided with two individuals.*
One of the victims, identified as a fifteen-year-old boy from Lumberton, was killed in the crash. The other individual was a 40-year-old woman who sustained injuries in the collision.
Police arrested and charged the motorist with a felony hit-and-run and for driving on a revoked license.
Hit-and-run crashes have been increasing nationally by about 7.2 percent on average each year. The highest recorded number of fatal hit-and-runs, according to the AAA, was in 2016 when these tragic incidents killed 2,049 people.
The victims of deadly hit-and-runs tend to be pedestrians or people biking. Approximately one out of every five pedestrians killed are struck by drivers who leave the scene. The drivers who choose to flee after a severe crash tend to have a history of driving under the influence of alcohol, and often have had their license either revoked or suspended.
Laws intended to reduce the number of hit-and-runs often are designed to penalize the driver. However, states with harsher laws tend not to have lower rates of hit-and-run crashes. Some states are now working to develop programs that will help to increase the number of these drivers who are apprehended and charged. These states hope that drivers who are less confident in their ability to escape will be less likely to flee.
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