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Man struck and killed trying to cross busy road

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

GARDEN CITY, GA (WTOC) - Garden City Police say a man was hit and killed trying to cross a very busy road.

It happened around 1am Sunday off Highway 17 near Plantation Mobile Estates in Garden City. Police say Emery Lewis was attempting to cross the street when he was struck and killed.

Police closed down Ogeechee Road for hours Sunday morning as they tried to piece together what happened.

Garden City Sgt. Benji Selph was one of the first on scene.

"The pedestrian was crossing the roadway from the north side from the Plantation Mobile Home and was coming cross the roadway, unsure of where he was going and as he was crossing a vehicle down the road was unable to stop before he did strike him," said Selph.

Emery Lewis was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say especially when it's dark the real danger is not using a cross walk.

"He was wearing dark clothing the area here is not well lit and it's not a crosswalk area our closest crosswalk is 400 to 500 yards down the road. You know without street lights and dark clothing that's likely the driver did not see him," said Selph.

Sgt. Selph says this isn't the first time a person was killed trying to cross this road.

"In this quarter mile stretch of road in the last 11 months we have been involved in investigations where at least two other pedestrians were struck and killed and not at the crosswalk, it was late at night not many streets lights and it's just a dangerous place to cross if your not at a crosswalk or intersection," said Selph.

A chance that Selph says is just simply to risky.

Police believe alcohol was not a factor in the crash. The driver of the car was not cited. Police believe Lewis was hit by another car, which left the scene.

If you have any information contact Garden City Police or CrimeStoppers 912.234.2020.

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