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27-year-old woman killed in Aiken hit and run

Vehicle collisions pose a threat to pedestrians in South Carolina and throughout the United States. In 2012, the state suffered 123 pedestrian deaths which constituted 14 percent of all traffic fatalities. This is an increase from 113 pedestrian deaths in 2011. The United States, suffered 4,432 pedestrian deaths in 2011 which was a three percent increase from the previous year. An estimated 69,000 pedestrians were also injured in 2011. These figures translate into a pedestrian death every two hours and an injury every eight minutes in this country for that year.

A hit-and-run crash in Aiken County on Dec. 14 vividly reveals the dangers that pedestrians face. A 27-year-old woman from Aiken was struck and killed by a late model Chevrolet Caprice Classic or Impala as she walked near a local barbeque restaurant, according to the Aiken County Coroner's Office. The victim was hit by the car between 11:30 Friday evening and 1:00 Saturday morning as she was reportedly walking to her family's home after visiting a friend.

The driver left the crash collision without stopping. Police arrested a 23-year-old male from New Ellenton and charged him with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death. He is currently incarcerated at the Aiken County Detention Center. The South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Aiken County Coroner's Office are still investigating the accident.

Victims that are hit in a pedestrian accident may be entitled to compensation for personal injury, medical expenses and lost wages. Families may be entitled to compensation if a relative is killed in these accidents. Prompt advice should be sought to determine liability for these accidents and to assure that an investigation is timely commenced. Time periods restrict the time a lawsuit may be filed.

Source: Aiken Standard, "Police release name of man charged in fatal hit and run," Dec. 15. 2013

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