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Columbus woman killed in hit-skip pedestrian accident

A Columbus mother walking with her teenage son at the side of State Route 61 north of U.S. 71 died after being struck by a southbound vehicle. The driver did not stop.

Mt. Gilead police are still trying to locate the vehicle that was involved in the accident, which witnesses have described as either a dark sport utility vehicle or a dark pick-up truck. Officials say that the vehicle will have obvious damage to its front fender on the passenger side and is missing its passenger-side mirror.

The accident occurred around 5:36 in the morning on Jan. 23, a time when the sky is still dark and visibility is poor -- factors that likely contributed to the accident. Pedestrian safety is a major issue in many rural areas, where sidewalks are often nonexistent and transportation options are few.

Pedestrian safety in rural areas is a huge cause of concern for many. While pedestrian accidents tend to occur more frequently in urban areas -- where there are far more walkers around -- a rural crash is twice as likely to end in a fatality. Most of those accidents occur at night and involve roads without adjacent sidewalks.

With that in mind, you need to do everything you can to avoid being in an accident if you have to walk somewhere -- especially at night. You should always:

  • Wear bright, reflective clothing or gear
  • Use reflective tape on backpacks, shoes and coats
  • Carry a flashlight that you can keep aimed at the ground ahead of you
  • Stay alert and focused -- not lost in thought or distracted by music or other entertainment

If you're injured by a vehicle while you are walking, or a loved one is killed, you may be able to claim compensation from the driver responsible. Find out more by talking to an attorney about your situation.

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