A 29-year-old woman was hit and killed by a van on Old Lee Highway Dec. 22.
Chattanooga Police Information Officer Jerri Weary told NewsChannel 9 that officers arrived on the scene around 6:45 p.m. after receiving a call that a pedestrian had been hit near the 8000 block.
Investigators said Ericka Hullander was wearing dark clothing and stepped out into the traffic lane just as a van was passing by, and the van’s driver told police he didn’t see anyone in the road before the crash. No charges have been filed against him.
Hullander’s family ran a produce stand in the area, and she would frequently take walks near the highway. Family friend Ronald Roberts drove her brother to the scene of the crash.
“They had just got into a little argument, he said,” Ronald Roberts told Channel 3. “She left, and then they got a phone call that somebody had been hit down here, and she hadn’t made it to her destination yet.”
Hullander was pronounced dead at the scene, and Channel 3 reported that traffic investigators closed down several blocks of the highway in order to recreate what happened.
Follow these safety tips from About.com when walking at night:
• If you’re attempting to cross the street, make eye contact with oncoming drivers so you know they see you.
• Use sidewalks if they are available.
• If there are no sidewalks available, walk against oncoming traffic so you can see the headlights of approaching cars and judge when you need to move off the road.
• Wear reflective clothing or shoes to increase your visibility to drivers. If you don’t have reflective clothes, carry a flashlight with the hand closest to the road.
Though the number of pedestrians killed or injured is slowly declining, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it’s still far too high. Accidents like this happen every day, and if you or a loved one has been injured in the Chattanooga, Tullahoma, Jasper or Cleveland area, you should seek counsel from someone who can help.
The lawyers at the McMahan Law Firm have more than 80 years of combined experience, and will work tirelessly to get you the money you deserve from your insurance company. “The bottom line is, we’re going to get you the best settlement or the best judgment that you can get for your case,” says attorney Brett Burks.
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