Tragic Hit-and-Run Crash in Hermitage Kills One in Hermitage, Tennessee (TN)
HERMITAGE, TN- Wsmv.com writes that a hit-and-run driver struck and killed a pedestrian in Hermitage this week. The incident took place at about ten in the evening at the intersection of Frist Boulevard and Old Hickory Boulevard.*
The victim, identified as a woman, was found in the roadway with injuries that were identified as being the result of a vehicle strike. The investigation into the crash is still underway.
According to a study conducted by the AAA, Tennessee ranks number eleven in terms of deadly hit-and-run crashes. Overall, hit-and-run fatalities have been on the rise nationally for several years. Between 2009 and 2016, the nation saw a 60 percent rise in such crashes. About 65 percent of fatalities resulting from hit-and-runs are vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians. About twenty percent of all pedestrian deaths involve a driver who flees the scene of the collision.
The rise in hit-and-runs is likely, in part, connected to the rise in pedestrian deaths. Pedestrians and cyclists are making up a larger proportion of overall vehicle fatalities, and people who strike pedestrians are more likely to leave the scene. The reason that these drivers choose to flee is essentially a matter of opportunity. When a car strikes a person or a bike, the damage to the vehicle is often minor, and the driver is, therefore, able to leave the site. If a crash involves two vehicles, the cars are both more likely to be severely damaged and potentially undrivable than in pedestrian incidents. However, the AAA believes that there are additional factors driving the increase that are, as of yet, not identified.
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