Last week, a 23-year-old Georgia man was killed in a pedestrian accident in Franklin. While attempting to cross the Highlands Road exit near the 441 by-pass, Jimmy Ebarb of Ellijay, Ga. was struck by an oncoming truck. Ebarb died from injuries sustained during the accident.
After investigating the accident, no excessive speed was found to be a factor, and no alcohol was found on either the driver or the victim.
It was late, and dark, and in a poorly lit area of the road. This tragedy poses a serious question of pedestrian and bicycle safety throughout Franklin and ways to prevent accidents.
On average, about 100 people are killed in North Carolina annually as a result of pedestrian and bicycle accidents. While some accidents are not avoidable, often times, they can be prevented.