Nevada has the fourth-highest rate of fatal hit-and-run crashes per capita when compared with other states across the country, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported in a study released Thursday.
In 2016, there were 32 hit-and-run crashes reported in the Silver State involving at least one death — the highest in a decade, AAA said. Between 2006 and 2016, there were 246 hit-and-run crashes involving at least one fatality on Nevada’s roads.
Per capita, New Mexico, Louisiana and Florida reported the highest rate of fatal hit-and-run crashes in 2016, while New Hampshire, Maine and Minnesota had the lowest rates, AAA said.
Nationally, hit-and-run crashes resulted in 2,049 deaths in 2016, the highest number on record and a 60 percent jump from 2009, AAA’s study.
A majority of the hit-and-run fatalities were pedestrians and bicyclists. AAA advised drivers, cyclists and walkers to be aware, caution, patient and vigilant when navigating the road.