According to a new study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, hit-and-run fatalities are at an all-time high. In 2016, 2,049 people were killed in hit-and-run crashes. This number is up 62% from 2009. The number of fatal hit-and-run accidents make 2016 the deadliest year since the foundation began compiling information on fatal traffic accidents since 1975. The study further found that the great majority – 65% – of victims in fatal accidents were pedestrians or bicyclists. AAA further reports that many hit-and-run fatalities occur between midnight and 4 a.m. when suspects are more likely to escape unseen.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports on a hit-and-run accident that snarled traffic for hours.
An early morning crash on Interstate 20 on Sunday left three people trapped in their vehicles. The suspect who initiated the crash fled the scene. The crash involved four vehicles that were still at the scene.
The crash shut down all lanes on I-20 East near Panola Road in Dekalb County.
The vehicle that fled hit a Jeep Wrangler and sped away. That crash then caused three other vehicles behind it to crash as well.
Two men were trapped in a GMC van. A woman was stuck inside her Toyota Camry. They were extricated from their vehicles and taken to the hospital.
The accident caused other motorists to be diverted off onto Panola Road until it was cleared at about 10:30 a.m.
None of those involved in the accident could give a description of the vehicle that fled. Police are still investigating.
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