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Crashes Involving Pedestrians, Hit and Runs on the Rise

“It's usually an intended vehicle, either operated by or occupied by somebody and when the crash happened the person in the vehicle was injured and the person in the striking vehicle left the scene.”
FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. - Police say the latest accident involving a pedestrian fatality happened Tuesday night in Garrett County and in Frederick it was just last week.

The number of accidents involving pedestrians increased by more than 300 or almost eight percent from 2009 to 2011, according to the most recent reports from the National Highway Safety Administration. They also show the number of hit and run crashes also increased. However, during that time period the number of overall traffic related fatalities decreased by more than 1,500 or by about four and a half percent.

Frederick City Police say they have responded to hundreds of calls for hit and runs, and so far this year none involve fatalities. They do say many are the result of personal injury.

“We have approximately 351 hit and run accidents and a little over 80 personal injuries, so that puts us at over 400 [hit and run calls] for the year,” said Lt. Clark Pennington of the Frederick Police Department. “It's usually an intended vehicle, either operated by or occupied by somebody and when the crash happened the person in the vehicle was injured and the person in the striking vehicle left the scene.”

Police say they will analyze data at the end of the year and determine hot spot locations where there’s been an increase in crashes.

“We use that information to deploy our officers. So we will instruct officers to any intersection that is a high crash location. We’ll increase our patrols and be stricter with our enforcement of violations in that intersection,” said Pennington.

Police say when they respond to hit and run accidents they look to obtain as much information as possible to try and determine the vehicle that was involved in the crash. Frederick Police say they will be able to analyze the data at the end of the year to determine if there’s been an increase in those types of crashes in the area. 

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