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Pedestrian Fatalities Plague Columbus, Georgia (GA)


September 23, 2020

COLUMBUS, GA- Wtvm.com writes that police have noticed a rise in pedestrian death in Columbus, Georgia, this year. Thus far, six pedestrians have died in the city. Data indicates that pedestrian deaths account for a remarkably high percentage of the traffic victims in Columbus. Last year, 42 percent of those killed in crashes were not in cars at the time. Two of those incidents took place on Victory Drive, and another four occurred on the same road in 2020.*

While the numbers indicate that something is seriously wrong with Victory Drive, the problem extends beyond that roadway. Three other problem areas include Uptown, Second Avenue, and Wynton Road, and Veteran's Parkway.

Across Georgia, the city of Columbus is gaining a reputation as a problem area for pedestrian safety.

In some of these tragic cases, the driver involved does not even stay at the scene. One family is now grappling with what to do after a driver struck and killed a 40-year-old woman on Victory Drive just one week ago.

Police stated that the drivers involved in such crashes are often scared and not sure what to do. They panic and then flee the situation. Investigators stress that it is incredibly important that these drivers stay, render aid, and contact the authorities. It is not only illegal to leave the scene of a crash, but it is also putting another human being in additional danger and preventing them from getting timely medical care.

When asked about the cause of these accidents, local law enforcement says that there is a mix of different behaviors, including inattentive drivers, people who improperly cross the road in dangerous places, and alcohol and drugs.

Now the family of the woman who died last week is begging that the driver come forward and do the right thing.

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Source:

https://www.wtvm.com/2020/09/18/high-number-pedestrian-fatalities-columbus-causing-concern/

Category: Personal Injury

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