A 22-year-old Augusta man was stuck and killed while walking near the intersection of Interstate 520 East and Gordon Highway on Oct. 3. Police first started receiving calls about a 2015 Honda Accord having allegedly struck the man just after 11:22 p.m. that day.
By the time they arrived at the crash scene, there was little emergency responders could do to help the man. By midnight, he'd been pronounced dead. The Richmond County coroner has since announced that they don't intend to perform an autopsy on the decedent.
This latest incident marks the sixth time this year that a pedestrian has been struck in Richmond County.
Data compiled by the Georgia Department of Transportation shows that 82 percent of pedestrian fatalities happen at night. At least 90 percent of those incidents happen outside of crosswalks. At least 33 percent of them are caused by motorists not yielding to a pedestrian's right of way.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data shows that pedestrian fatalities have been on an uptick during the past few years. In 2016, nearly 6,000 individuals died, an increase of nearly 500 over 2015 and 1,000 over 2014.
By mid-August, Georgia had already had 146 pedestrian fatalities reported. This marks a 50 percent increase over 2014.
When an individual is either injured or killed in a car crash, they're left with so much more than just injuries and their loved one's are left with so much more than the void of someone's death. What happened often leaves the victim and their loved ones with mental anguish and significant financial losses.
An Augusta motor vehicle accident attorney and their team of crash reconstruction engineers can investigate your incident to decide whether negligence occurred. If your attorney finds that it has, then they'll advise you of your right to recover compensation for your lost wages, medical bills or loved one's wrongful death.