Fatal crashes that kill pedestrians often go under the radar because compared to other 'newsworthy' crashes, they're relatively common--usually about 100 per year (down from about 200, I think, when I started paying attention), although this year it should be fewer. They are normally reported in local newspapers only and make larger papers when there's a distinctive angle that makes them particularly tragic. It's a shame, but that seems to be how newspapers work.
This is one such case, which happened in Cheam. A suspected drunk driver who didn't stop killed a young mother who leaves two daughters, with the crash witnessed by some of her friends:
After the suspected drink-driver above, here's one suspected to have been under the influence of drugs, and who in that state killed a toddler:
Drug-driving has become an increasingly common factor, and you see it mentioned in crash reports all the time.
One of the adults accompanying the child is also in critical condition.
I study a lot of crashes, but it's been a long time since I've found one so upsetting as this one.
It makes me absolutely sick.
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