Overall, traffic fatalities have been declining in Georgia as well as nationwide over the past few years. However, one statistic has been rising across the United States and even faster than the national average in Georgia. The number of pedestrian deaths rose in Georgia during the first half of 2018, rising 32% compared to the same time in 2017. In the first six months of 2018, more than 130 had died on Georgia roadways. Nationally, the number of pedestrian deaths rose by just 3%. There are many reasons why the number of pedestrian deaths is on the rise. Experts cite the rise in popularity of light trucks and SUVs as well as both driver and pedestrian distraction due to cell phones.
The Loganville-Grayson Patch reports that a special needs teen was hit and killed by a van after being reported missing.
The incident happened sometime last Monday night after his mother placed a call to the police at 10:30 p.m. reporting the teen missing. She had been taking a shower and when she finished, she found the teen’s iPad in the garage and the garage door open.
Shortly after police arrived to help the mother look for her son, a pedestrian was struck by a minivan less than a mile and a half from their home. The victim was identified as the missing teen.
The 13-year old had been trying to cross Athens Highway. He died as a result of his injuries.
The driver is not currently facing any charges in the accident.
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