A pedestrian lost his life after being struck by a hit-and-run driver on Interstate 59 in Birmingham on Wednesday night.
The victim was walking on the shoulder of I-59 South near the Roebuck Parkway exit ramp when he was hit by a vehicle that did not stop to help him.
The incident happened just before 11 p.m., according to Birmingham police. East Precinct officers responded to a report of a person down on the highway and found the victim unresponsive. Birmingham Fire and Rescue personnel arrived on the scene and pronounced him dead.
The victim’s identity has not been released pending notification of his family. Police have not given any description of the suspect vehicle or the driver who fled the scene.
They are asking anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information about it to call Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.
This is the second fatal hit-and-run involving a pedestrian in Birmingham this year. In January, a woman named Shontella Sturdivant was killed while crossing Third Avenue West near Princeton Hospital. She was hit by a vehicle driven by Darryl Williams, who left her lying on the road and drove away. Williams was later arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injury or death.
Hit-and-run accidents are a serious problem in Alabama and across the country. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than one hit-and-run crash occurs every minute in the U.S., resulting in over 2,000 deaths per year.
Pedestrians and bicyclists are especially vulnerable to these crashes, accounting for nearly two-thirds of all hit-and-run fatalities.
Police urge drivers involved in crashes to stay at the scene and render aid if possible, as required by law. Leaving the scene can result in criminal charges and civil liability.
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