Walking in Cobb County has turned tragic over just a three-day period, with four accidents between vehicles and pedestrians leading to three fatalities. Four accidents occurred in the span of around 72 hours on Atlanta Road in Smyrna, Powder Springs Road in Marietta, Austell Road in Austell, and on the South Marietta Parkway in Marietta. According to CBS Atlanta, none of the drivers have been charged at this time.
The first accident saw 66-year-old former McEachern football coach Charles Collins hit by a car while trying to cross Atlanta road in Smyrna outside of the crosswalk. He was pronounced dead later that night at Emory Adventist Hospital. In the second accident, 62-year-old North Carolinian Preston Hester hit by a car crossing Powder Springs Road, and alcohol use by Hester is believed to be a contributing factor. He was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital where he was treated for serious injuries. The third accident saw 39-year-old Wendy Nolan hit by a car as she was crossing Austell Road south of Floyd Road. She was later pronounced dead at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. The fourth accident in three days occurred when a 50-year-old man was struck while crossing the South Marietta Parkway. He was also taken to Kennestone Hospital where he died during surgery.
Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable when crossing streets and walking on the shoulder, especially when drivers are negligent or conditions are unfavorable. As this tragic series of Georgia pedestrian accidents illustrate, collisions between vehicles and pedestrians can be catastrophic. The year 2010 saw 4,280 deaths and 70,000 injuries from pedestrian accidents in the United States. If you or a loved one is involved in a pedestrian auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Fill out our case review form to consult with an experienced car accident lawyer to see if you might be eligible to receive remuneration for lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.