MACON COUNTY, IL- Wandtv.com writes that a cyclist was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Macon County on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. The incident occurred at around 6:48 in the evening when a vehicle that was driving westbound on Route 36 struck the victim and then left the scene, driving away in the direction of Decatur.
The incident took place close to the town of Casner. Based on a piece of a bumper that was found at the site of the accident, the police suspect that the vehicle was a red Chevrolet Impala. The vehicle most likely sustained damage to its wheel well and front passenger bumper.
The cyclist suffered serious injuries in the crash and wastransported to the hospital.
The incident was named the Crime of the Week, and deputies are requesting that anyone with information call Crime Stoppers.
Hit-and-run crashes are increasing each year across the United States. In 2916, 2049 people died in hit-and-run accidents indicating that the rate of hit-and-run fatalities has gone up by 62 percent since 2009. The victims of these crashes are often cyclists and pedestrians. These two groupsaccount for 65 percent of all victims in fatal hit-and-run crashes.
The most likely time for these crashes is between 12 a.m. and 4 a.m. because during those hours there are less likely to be witnesses and drivers feel they can escape without being held accountable.
When drivers leave the scene of an accident,they face harsh penalties, even if they were not initially at fault for the crash. Drivers who flee the scene often render the victim helpless, thereby increasing the harm done.
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