Driver Facing Charges Following Tragic Hit-and-Run in Mullins, South Carolina (SC)
MULLINS, SC- Wbtw.com writes that a man is facing charges following a deadly hit-and-run collision that took place this week in Mullins. The incident occurred in the late evening on Main Street.*
Responders rushed the woman to the hospital, but the 25-year-old died just hours after the crash. The driver who caused the incident has been arrested and is not facing charges for felony hit-and-run, as well as for driving under the influence.
Hit-and-run fatalities are becoming a more frequent road hazard throughout the nation. A study carried out by the AAA stated that the number of such tragedies has increased by an average of 7.2 percent each year since 2009. The vast majority of these deaths involve pedestrians. The AAA states that pedestrians are more vulnerable to such collisions because when a car hits a person, the driver can flee the scene. In the event that a car strikes another car in an accident severe enough to kill a person, the vehicles likely suffer so much damage that fleeing is not an option.
When it comes to fatal hit-and-runs, South Carolina made its way into the top ten states, placing as the state with the ninth highest number of deaths caused by drivers who then fled the scene.
People who commit hit-and-runs are more likely to be drunk than are people who stay at a crash scene. Perhaps the issue is an intense fear of prosecution that leads to the desire to flee, or maybe these motorists are less inhibited because of the impairment.
South Carolina has a higher than the average number of drunk driving deaths, which could be part of the reason for the high number of hit-and-runs fatalities as well.
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