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Driver Strikes and Kills 20-year-old in Tragic Hit-and-Run Pedestrian Crash in North Carolina

January 27, 2020

BUNCOMBE COUNTY, NC- writes that a car struck and killed a woman this week in Buncombe County, North Carolina. The incident took place in the early evening on US 74 A.*

Two vehicles, and possibly more, struck the victim, killing her at the scene. One of the cars stayed, and the driver is cooperating with the police. At least one driver fled after the fatal crash. The victim was identified as a 20-year-old woman from Ashville. Officers have not yet released a description of the vehicle that fled the scene. 

Pedestrians are the most common victims in deadly hit-and-run crashes. In part, the reason more pedestrians are involved in fatal hit-and-runs is simply that the drivers are capable of getting away. A car that collides with a person often suffers minimal damage compared to a vehicle that strikes another vehicle. About one out of every five fatal pedestrian crashes involves a hit-and-run driver. 

Many pedestrian crashes occur at night because driver visibility is limited. When a pedestrian incident occurred in the dark, and there are few witnesses around, the driver may feel that they can leave the scene without being identified.

A study conducted by the AAA indicates that drivers who choose to leave the scene of an accident have a strong motivation to do so. These drivers are likely to be drunk or have an invalid or suspended license. It is important for everyone to know that fleeing the scene of an accident is a crime. When a person leaves the scene of a fatal crash, he or she may face prison time and other harsh penalties. 

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