AAA: Nationwide hit-and-run deaths hit all-time high

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Nationwide hit-and-run deaths have hit an all-time high, according to AAA.

The organization has released data from 2016 that shows over 2,000 deaths that year. About 65 percent of those deaths were crashes involving bicyclists or pedestrians.

News 12 New Jersey spoke with a woman who narrowly survived a hit-and-run crash in Clifton last December.

Erica Aguilar, 26, is currently eight months pregnant. She says she was crossing Main Avenue to get some food near her home when she was struck by a vehicle. The driver did not stay at the scene.

“In a matter of seconds, that person who went away just took your life with them too,” Aguilar says. “And made everything a struggle.”

Aguilar suffered a broken leg and wrist, as well as serious head and spinal injuries. Her baby miraculously survived. But Aguilar says that she has to learn how to walk again following the crash.

“How are you going to pay for this? How are you going to take care of the baby if you can barely stand up?” Aguilar asks.

Aguilar says that Clifton police told her that they don’t expect to ever find the driver who hit her.

AAA says that any driver who is in an accident is required to stop. They should also try to help and call 911 if possible.

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