2005 Hit and Run Victim Summary
Based off media reports, 1454 people lost their lives to hit and run drivers
in US during 2005. That is the unscientific findings of an internet site,
www.deadlyroads.com, that set out to record every victim it could find in
media reports. As a grass roots site attempting to raise public awareness
of the crime, the site recently released its 2005 year end findings.
While the average number killed per day stood at 3.96, the worst single day
for hit and run driver deaths stood at 20 on Sunday, October 20th. The
pre-Thanksgiving weekend of November 19th and 20th stood as the worst weekend
of the year. October stood as the worst month with 153 fatalities, followed
closely by September at 147. October also included one of the worst incidents
when 4 young teen boys were killed when the car they were riding in struck
a tree at high speed in Clark County, Ohio. Only one month saw fewer than
100 victims, that being the shortest month February, with 87 victims.
Nearly 55% of those that were killed by hit and run drivers were
pedstrains, and another 4% being persons outside a disable vehicle. The next
largest group of victims were vehicle passengers at 15%, followed by drivers
at 10-1/2%. Bicyclists made up 9% of victims, with motorcyclists fairing
better at 5%. The remainder were not recorded in media stories reviewed.
Females made up 29% of victims, while 15% were 18 or younger, and 9% were
65 years or older.
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