Highways and interstate roadways can be dangerous places for pedestrians. Despite this, people have broken down or run out of gas and needed to walk to get help. Some also simply use these roadways in getting to and from places on foot. Doing so can put the pedestrian at risk, particularly at night. Recently, Georgia has had several incidents of pedestrians being struck and hurt or killed along Georgia interstates. CBS-46 reports on the incidents and issues a statement from the Georgia Department of Transportation.
A third pedestrian was killed along Atlanta highways in less than a week. The latest incident took place just after midnight on Thursday, November 16th. A male attempted to run across the westbound lanes and was struck by a vehicle. He was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital where he later died.
The driver in the crash is not expected to face any charges.
On Wednesday, November 15th, another crash occurred. This incident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. on Interstate-20 westbound at I-285 in Dekalb County. Police say that the pedestrian, a male believed to be in his 40s, was struck by a van. He later died at Grady Hospital.
The earliest crash happened on November 19th as a 19-year-old Georgia Tech student attempted to cross the downtown connector. The student did not survive the crash.
A similar crash also occurred Tuesday night on I-85 southbound near University Avenue. A woman was struck by a vehicle. She remains in critical condition.
The DOT issued a statement that using interstate as a pedestrian is a violation of state law. They advise passengers who have been in an accident or their vehicle has become disabled to remain in their vehicle and contact 911 or 511. They should remain in their vehicle until help arrives.
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