A 22-year-old pedestrian was hit and left to die on the side of the road in Wendover on Sunday. The victim was out celebrating his birthday and was walking to the casino when he was hit by a car that never bothered to stop.
The family is handing out flyers as the search for the driver of the car continues. The police are also taking tips to help aid the investigation. Further information about what they do know has not been released.
Hit-and-run accidents have been on the rise with a 19% jump from 1999 to 2001 and a steady rising rate continuing on since 2003. This poses the question: Why? There are many theories as to why people are now more likely to flee from the scene when they are involved in an accident.
Some people are scared of being prosecuted for other crimes that would be discovered if police are involved in an accident. The officer might realize they are driving with a suspended license, or they could have no license at all. Drivers may be too intoxicated to know what happened or intoxicated enough that they would be arrested for driving at all. It could even be something as insignificant as their insurance or tags being expired on their vehicle. But these are all merely reasons, not valid excuses for fleeing the scene of an accident.
A person is no match for a car that hits him or her but there are precautions that could be taken to be safer as a pedestrian. Always look both ways before you cross a street. It sounds elementary because it is. It is the first thing that should be done before you cut across traffic. Just because you are in a crosswalk or someone has a stop sign, does not mean that they will stop. If people will flee the scene after hitting someone then they are just as likely to ignore a stop sign.
Hit-and-run drivers kill nearly 1,000 people each year and forty-six percent of those pedestrian deaths occur between 6 p.m. and midnight. When you can, avoid walking at dusk and in the dark. Visibility is greatly diminished during these times, which increases the probability of a pedestrian-involved accident.
The greatest concern in all of this is the safety of our kids. Among children ages 5 to 9 killed in traffic accidents, more than one-fifth were pedestrians. Children are easily distracted and can be harder to see than adults. If your children do have to walk then make sure they understand the dangers on the road and how to be a safe pedestrian.
The Christensen Law Firm is offering up to $1,000 for any information leading to the arrest and felony convictions of hit-and-run drivers. This Hit-and-Run Reward program is tied to the WeTip crime hotline where you can call to anonymously report information about crimes like hit-and-run accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a hit-and-run accident call the attorneys at Christensen Law Firm to find out what options are available to you. Contact us today at 801-506-0800.