Pedestrian Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash on Blackberry Lane in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (SC)
MYRTLE BEACH, SC- Wmbfnews.com writes that one person was killed in a crash that occurred this week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The victim was a pedestrian.*
Reports indicate that the 30-year-old pedestrian was from the Carolina Forest area of Horry County. A truck, described as a Dodge Ram 1500, is believed to have been involved in the crash. The truck had a trailer in which is was transporting pine straw.
The driver struck the man in the mid-afternoon on Blackberry Lane. The police now believe that the driver may have intentionally struck the victim.
Police are requesting that anyone with information about the crash contact the police. The collision remains under investigation.
The AAA completed a study on hit-and-run crashes and found that the number of these collisions and resulting deaths is increasing nationally. Researchers found that creating a profile of drivers who are involved in these collisions is challenging because many of them are able to flee the scene. With the information that is available, the study was able to determine that drivers who leave the scene after a crash are more likely to be drunk, on drugs, or driving without a license than are drivers who are involved in crashes but remain at the scene.
In many cases, the fact that a driver was drunk is likely the motive for that person to leave. These drivers fear the consequences that are associated with a drunk driving crash.
Efforts to curb the number of hit-and-run collisions have not always shown success. With reports of more hit-and-runs growing nationally, cities have increased the penalties for hit-and-run drivers in an attempt to discourage such behavior. Sadly, these changes to the law have not always led to fewer hit-and-runs, and cities with harsher penalties exhibit do not show a decline in hit-and-runs. Now many cities are working to ensure that hit-and-run drivers are caught by enlisting the help of the public.
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