Study: Hit & run crashes are becoming more frequent, more deadly

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Des Moines, Iowa – A report finds deadly hit-and-run crashes are on the rise across the country and in Iowa. Rose White, spokeswoman for Triple-A-Iowa, says their research finds there’s another hit-and-run crash every minute nationwide.

She urges motorists to be cautious — and courteous to other drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.

The Triple-A study finds nearly 65-percent of people killed in hit-and-run crashes are pedestrians or bicyclists. For those on foot or on bikes, White urges them to avoid distractions and stay alert.

Since 2009, the number of deaths resulting from hit-and-run crashes has risen more than seven-percent each year. Florida and New Mexico are among the worst states for hit-and-run crashes and they also have some of the highest numbers of uninsured motorists. Iowa’s uninsured motorist rate is one of the lowest in the country at almost nine-percent, compared to Florida at nearly 27-percent.

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