Driver Arrested in Relation to Hit-and-Run on Highway 378 in Sumpter County, South Carolina (SC)
SUMTER COUNTY, SC- Counton2.com writes that a crash took place this week in Sumpter County that left one person dead. The victim was a pedestrian who was struck overnight on Highway 378, close to Highway 15.*
The vehicle involved in the crash fled the scene, but officers were able to later identify and arrest the driver. The suspect, identified as a 45-year-old man from Sumpter, is not being held at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.
The AAA found that hit-and-run deaths are on the rise. South Carolina made it into the top ten states for such tragic crashes. Pedestrians tend to be the most common victims in these crashes. In fact, 65 percent of those killed by hit-and-run motorists are pedestrians, and one in five pedestrians killed in the United States dies in a hit-and-run crash.
One of the driver characteristics identified by the AAA’s study on hit-and-runs is that these motorists are more likely than others to be under the influence of alcohol when they cause these crashes. The chances of a hit-and-run motorist being drunk are anywhere from two times to nine times as high as are the chances are for a driver who remains at the scene.
Perhaps South Carolina’s poor record for drunk driving is part of the reason that the state is near the top of the per capita hit-and-run fatality list. Studies indicate that the Palmetto State is one of the worst in the nation in terms of drunk driving deaths. In fact, one recent study stated that South Carolina was the single worst state when it comes to the percent of traffic fatalities that are caused by drunk drivers. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 44 percent of traffic deaths in South Carolina were caused by alcohol-impaired motorists.
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