According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, in 2015, there were 385,221 vehicle crashes on Georgia roadways. Many of these took place on Georgia’s interstates. Getting into a crash on an interstate can be a jarring and frightening experience, but drivers should always place safety first. The first temptation is to get out of a vehicle and check for damage, but on a freeway or interstate, this places a person in more danger. Move the car to a safe place well out of the way of traffic before getting out of the vehicle. However, if the car is unable to be moved, drivers and passengers may be safer staying in the vehicle until the police arrive and can block traffic.
The Lawrenceville Patch reports on a man fatally struck after exiting his car following a traffic accident. The accident occurred early Saturday morning.
Officers were dispatched to a vehicle collision on Interstate 85 Northbound near Jimmy Carter Boulevard at about 4:40 a.m. on April 27th.
54-year-old Ridwan Shirwa had been involved in a minor collision on the interstate with another driver. Both vehicles came to a rest in the right lane of vehicular travel.
Based on the findings of the preliminary investigation, Shirwa exited his vehicle following the crash. He stepped into the roadway where he was struck by a passing motorist. Shirwa died from his injuries at the scene.
The motorist who hit Shirwa was identified as 30-year-old Victoria Allen. After striking Shirwa, her vehicle came to a stop.
The Gwinnett County Police Department Accident Investigation Unit report that the investigation is still ongoing.
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