Vehicle Strikes and Kills Pedestrian in Tragic Nashville Crash on Interstate 24
NASHVILLE, TN- Wkrn.com writes that a person was struck by a vehicle while walking on Interstate 24 in the middle of the night. Reports indicate that the victim was carrying a bag and dropped it on the road and was then struck by a vehicle. The unidentified victim died at the scene of the crash.*
While several vehicles pulled over after the deadly collision, none of then displayed damage that would indicate that they were involved in the crash. Investigators are now trying to determine whether the collision was a hit-and-run. There are surveillance cameras near the site of the incident, and officers say that these may be able to help investigators determine what transpired and whether a driver fled the scene.
AAA Report Suggests Reasons Why Hit-and-Run Drivers Flee Accidents
Hit-and-run crashes occur more often than many people realize. Specifically, drivers who flee the scene after a fatal accident will face serious criminal charges, potential prison time, and other severe consequences. According to a report conducted by the AAA, drivers who leave the scene of crashes do so because they are able to, motivated to and believe they can get away with doing so. The drivers can because most of their victims are pedestrians and cyclists, and these vulnerable road users may not cause severe damage to a vehicle when they are struck. The driver can, therefore, leave because his or her car is not disabled.
The AAA stated that most hit-and-run drivers are drunk or otherwise impaired, or driving without a proper license. Therefore, these drivers are especially motivated to flee because they know that they will face serious penalties if caught.
Hit-and-runs also often happen after dark, and drivers may feel that a lack of witnesses makes it likely that they will be able to abscond without being identified.
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Sources:https://www.wkrn.com/video/the-match-up-between-the-tennessee-titans-and-kansas-city-chiefs-has-everyone-talking/4254738/ and https://newsroom.aaa.com/2018/04/hit-run-deaths-hit-record-high/