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Pedestrian death brings calls for sidewalks on Augusta street

A residential Augusta street where a young woman was killed is dangerous for pedestrians, residents say. Some say that, sadly, it is a surprise that more people have not been hurt in car accidents while trying to get around on that road.

A 19-year-old woman was struck and killed on Old Savannah Road, either late on June 17 or early on June 18. Few details are provided by WRDW-TV, so it is not clear how this terrible accident happened. However, residents say that despite Old Savannah Road being frequently busy with traffic, there are no sidewalks. This forces people to walk and ride their bicycles in the street, which put them at risk of being struck by cars and trucks.

Making things worse, drivers frequently speed on at least part of the street, according to one resident, raising the chances of a car accident involving a pedestrian even further. Despite the fast-moving traffic at one intersection, there are not crosswalks or even a working streetlight, the resident said. He is especially afraid that a child will get hurt on Old Savannah Road someday, if steps are not taken by Augusta authorities to improve safety there.

The Georgia Department of Transportation did not respond to questions from WRDW about how to possibly improve safety on Old Savannah Road.

Pedestrians may sometimes have no choice but to walk on a city street when the government fails to provide a sidewalk. Motorists driving on streets like this should take extra care to look out for people on foot or on bikes. Otherwise, tragedy could occur.

Source: WRDW-TV, “Neighbors on Old Savannah Road desperate for change,” Lindsay Tuman, June 17, 2014

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