Going down I-285 is dangerous enough in a car. Trying to cross it or any other interstate on foot is a recipe for disaster, even if you do it late at night. You might think it’s safer because there are fewer cars, but they can’t see you and may also be traveling faster than you expect. Plus, it’s against the law.
That didn’t stop one pedestrian from trying last Sunday morning. Unfortunately, she paid for it with her life. 11 Alive reported on the incident that shut down the interstate for three hours. The accident happened near Hollowell Parkway near Bolton Road on I-285.
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Police reports state that a pedestrian was trying to cross the interstate and got struck by a vehicle. After the initial hit, several other vehicles ran the woman over. The driver responsible for the first hit stayed at the scene and, according to police, is unlikely to be charged with a crime. No word was mentioned about the other drivers.
Drivers were instructed to use the Downtown Connector to avoid the crash during the early morning rush hour. All lanes were open by 7 a.m.
Laws against pedestrians on the interstate are there for a reason. Getting in the way of high-speed traffic is a sure way to get injured or killed. Even if you have a broken-down vehicle, it’s safer to stay inside the cab of your car than to stand next to it on the roadway.
Our condolences go out to the family of the deceased victim.