Distracted Driver Hits Three Pedestrians
In Columbus, GA, on the intersection of Cherokee Avenue and Garrard Street, three pedestrians were struck in an accident involving two vehicles.
The driver was headed southbound on Cherokee Avenue on the outside lane, when he saw a parked 1992 Dodge Dakota with its headlights and tail lights near a sign that indicated that there was a cross walk ahead. In order to avoid a potential collision with the Dodge Dakota, the 38-year-old man driving a Hyundai Santa Fe attempted to switch to the inside lane where he struck all three pedestrians.The pedestrians, 47-year-old unidentified man, 57-year-old unidentified women, and 62 year-old Rebecca Hastie were all standing about 18 feet behind the parked vehicle. The pedestrians were standing there as they were inspecting an injured dog on the outside lane of the road.
The driver reportedly didn’t even realize he struck the pedestrians until after the collision. The collision caused the the driver to jerk right, striking the parked Dodge, sending the Dodge into a drainage ditch on the side of the road.
The Hyundai Santa Fe driver suffered minor airbag burns. Both the 47-year-old man and 57-year-old woman were reported to have injuries, however, it was only the 47-year-old man that went to Columbus Midtown Medical Center in order to treat his neck, shoulder, wrist, and elbow injuries. Rebecca Hastie suffered the most injuries from the collision, as she was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 7:39 PM.
The story continues to develop, but officials speculate that the cause of the accident may have been from the driver being distracted while driving.
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Sources: Sarah Robinson