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Driver leaves scene after hitting juvenile pedestrian in Decatur

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Driver leaves scene after hitting juvenile pedestrian in Decatur

Decatur Police. Photo by Dean Hesse.

This story has been updated. 

Decatur, GA — The Decatur Police Department said a driver left the scene after hitting a juvenile pedestrian on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

Police said the crash happened at the intersection of Commerce Drive and West Howard Avenue around 8:40 a.m.

“A red Toyota sedan was traveling westbound on West Howard Avenue when the driver of the vehicle failed to stop for a red light at the intersection,” a Facebook post from the police department states. “The vehicle struck a juvenile pedestrian inside the crosswalk at the intersection. The driver then left the scene, last seen heading west on West Howard Avenue. The juvenile was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.”

Anyone who has information about the identity of the driver or the vehicle involved is encouraged to contact the Decatur Police Department at 404-373-6551.

Pedestrian safety has been on the minds of Decatur’s residents and leaders following a series of high-profile crashes.

On Nov. 6, drivers hit four pedestrians that day, injuring three pedestrians and killing a fourth, a 16-year-old boy.

City officials are hoping a planning process funded by a grant can yield recommendations that will prevent future pedestrian crashes. For more information about the grant, click here.

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