Tragic Hit-and-Run Crash Kills Juvenile in Robeson County, North Carolina (NC)
ROBESON COUNTY, NC- Wmbfnews.com writes that a crash in the late evening left a juvenile dead. The incident occurred in Robeson County on NC 72 close to Lowe Road. Repots did not include additional identifying information about the victim.*
Police are searching for the suspected driver and are asking that anyone with information regarding the accident, the vehicle or the driver contact the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
According to the AAA, hit-and-run deaths have been increasing for years. The most likely victims in these crashes are pedestrians or cyclists. In fact, 65 percent of those killed by fleeing motorists are either pedestrians or cyclists.
North Carolina ranked seventeenth in the nation when it comes to the number of deadly hit-and-runs. Studies have not been capable of fully explaining the reason for the increase in the number of deadly hit-and-runs throughout the United States. These deaths have risen by about 7.2 percent every year, starting in 2009.
At least part of the explanation is that pedestrian and cyclist deaths have increased during that time period. The percent of overall traffic fatalities made up of by pedestrians and cyclists has risen as well. Drivers who kill a pedestrian or a cyclist are more likely to flee the scene than those who are involved in a crash with another vehicle. The reason for this is likely just the existence of an opportunity. When a driver strikes a person or a person on a bike, the damage to that driver's vehicle is often minimal, even while the victim may have been killed or severely hurt. As a result, the driver is able to leave the scene, whereas a fatal crash involving two vehicles will be more likely to leave the cars severely damaged.
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