Jason R. Schultz
One of the drivers who may have been involved in a fatal pedestrian accident in DeKalb County, has turned himself in to police.
The accident occurred last week. The first driver, identified as Stone mountain-resident Shaheed Saunders, was driving at excessive speeds. He seems to have lost control of his car as he tried to pass another car, and ended up on the sidewalk. Saunders' car hit three teenagers walking on the sidewalk. 14-year-old Stone Mountain High School student Tanesha Williams sustained fatal injuries in the accident, and two of her friends were also injured. The driver of the second car has now turned himself in. Police are still trying to determine his role in the accident.
My heart goes out to the family of Tanesha Williams who has been described as a shy girl who kept to herself. According to her father, Tanesha dreamed of becoming a nurse or a masseuse. Those dreams are gone.
Every year, approximately 5,000 pedestrians are killed on America's streets. Most of these fatalities occur when motorists fail to yield to pedestrians at a crosswalk. Pedestrians are also at danger from speeding and distracted drivers and intoxicated motorists. A speeding motorist may not be able to stop in time at a crosswalk. Intoxicated and distracted motorists may also fail to notice or perceive pedestrians. Last year, a pedestrian safety report done by Transportation 4 America called "Dangerous by Design", found that most pedestrian fatalities could be prevented by increasing pedestrian safety enhancements on our roads. More numbers of crosswalks, increased safety enhancements and aids to slow down traffic at busy intersections - these can help lower pedestrian accident fatality rates in Georgia.
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