The number of pedestrian accidents has been rising nationwide, and in 2018, the number was the highest it has reached since 1990. That year there were 32 more pedestrian deaths recorded than in 2017. Over a ten-year period from 2008 through 2017, the number of overall traffic deaths decreased 6%. However, pedestrian deaths as a percentage of total car accident deaths increased by 4%. Five states – Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, and Texas, accounted for half of all pedestrian traffic deaths in the first half of 2018. A report noted that people choosing to drive light trucks and SUVs as opposed in addition to driver distraction were possible factors in the increase in pedestrian deaths.
The Union Recorder reports that an Eatonton man has been killed after being hit by a car. Details surrounding the cause of death are still being investigated.
The accident occurred at about 2 a.m. on Thursday morning at the intersection of Ga. Route 24 and Ga. Route 16.
A 38-year-old Eatonton man was walking along the U.S. 441 bypass when he was struck by a vehicle. For unknown reasons, it appears that the victim may have intentionally walked into the path of a Nissan Altima.
The victim was treated at the scene by rescue workers. He was taken to Putnam General Hospital in Eatonton where he later succumbed to his injuries.
The driver of the vehicle was traveling northbound to visit relatives at the time of the crash. No charges will be filed against the driver.
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