As studies indicate that pedestrian deaths nationwide continue to climb, Georgia is proving no exception to these sobering statistics. Pedestrian fatalities are up statewide from this point last year and are expected to climb. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety provides statistics on these crashes, which account for a startling percentage of all traffic fatalities. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports on the shut down of a major interstate after a woman was struck by several vehicles and killed.
Interstate-75 northbound was closed beginning at about 5 a.m. through just before 8:15 a.m. during the heart of the rush hour commute. Authorities closed the interstate to investigate a scene where a woman ran onto the interstate near Cleveland Avenue and was struck by multiple cars.
Drivers who had Hartsfield-Atlanta Airport as their destination had to find alternate routes and at one point, traffic for the interstate was diverted off onto Cleveland Avenue.
It is unclear how many vehicles struck the unidentified woman. Drivers stopped on the side of the road and were cooperative with the authorities. This is not being classified as a hit-and-run although the hit-and-run unit was on hand to offer assistance.
Fatal pedestrian accidents are up 16% this year. In 2017, 260 pedestrians were killed on Georgia roadways. That number is up from a total of 232 in 2016. The 260 deaths recorded last year was double the amount that was recorded in 2011.
Pedestrian deaths have risen 46% nationally from its lowest point in 2009. These kinds of fatalities account for 16% of all traffic fatalities according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.