Deadly Hit-and-Run Greenville County, South Carolina (SC)
GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC- 1063word.radio.com writes that a driver struck and killed a pedestrian this week in the late evening. The victim was walking on SC 414 close to Glassy Road. The pedestrian and the driver were both heading eastbound, and the victim was in the westbound lane. The driver drifted across the center line and struck the man.*
The driver then fled the scene of the crash. Police were able to later locate and apprehend the suspect who is now facing charges for Felony DUI and fleeing the scene of a fatal crash. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is carrying out the investigation into the accident. The name of the victim is not yet available.
South Carolina is one of the most dangerous states for pedestrian deaths. One study found that the state is the fourth deadliest in the nation. The researchers used five years' worth of data to reach their results. Across the nation, during that period, the number of fatal pedestrian crashes rose by 25 percent.
Not only did the Palmetto State have the fourth highest numbers ever, but it also had the fourth-highest increase in fatal pedestrian crashes out of all 50 states.
States that performed even worse than South Carolina included Florida, Delaware, and New Mexico.
Hit-and-run fatalities are also increasing nationally along with pedestrian deaths. In fact, one out of every five pedestrian crashes results in a hit-and-run. Since 2009, these deaths rose an average of 7.2 percent each year. South Carolina came in sixteenth in the country in terms of states with the most hit-and-run fatalities. The AAA study found that New Mexico, Louisiana, and Florida had the highest numbers of deadly hit-and-runs in the nation.
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