Actress and performer Natina Reed was killed on Saturday night in Atlanta after being struck by a car, according to Yahoo News. A driver called 911 around 10:30 p.m. to report hitting a pedestrian. She was pronounced dead less than 30 minutes later at the Gwinnett Medical Center.
A Gwinnett County police department representative reports that CPR was administered by someone at the scene of the accident. Further, they reported Reed was in the roadway when she was hit.
Preliminarily, the motorist was found by police not to be at fault and there were no criminal charges issued. It was not reported if there has yet been a full accident reconstruction performed. This type of report could indicate if there was any negligence on the part of the driver, such as high speed, etc.
The Washington Post is reporting that police are trying to determine why the pedestrian was on the roadway, and they are looking to talk to anyone with information about the collision. The driver and passenger are so far the only known witnesses to the accident.
Once a full police accident reconstruction report is released, it could be possible to determine if there was any fault on the part of the motorist.
Reed was best known for her role in the movie “Bring It On”, a high school cheerleading movie co-starring Gabrielle Union and Kirsten Dunst. She was also known for being a member of the R&B group Blaque. She was 32 years old at the time of her death, and would have turned 33 on Sunday.
Irrespective of the facts in this collision, in my experience most pedestrian accidents are caused by inattentive drivers. In busy areas, people on foot are often hit in intersections by motorists making turns and failing to keep a proper lookout.
In 2011, 127 pedestrians were killed and 4,895 were injured in the State of Illinois. Most of those accidents (4,825) occurred in urban areas.