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Pedestrian struck by pickup in Lee Co. dies

By Cade Fowler - bio | email

LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) - It was frightening scene Thursday night in Lee County. Traffic was backed up on U.S. 19 after a man struck by a pickup truck.

"The gentleman coming across from the other side of the street, the east side of the street on 19, darted out into traffic," said Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals.

State troopers tell us  28-year-old Shawn Leonard Lemke was crossing U.S. 19 from the Homerun Foods when we walked into the path of GMC Sierra. The force of the impact was so hard, it threw the pedestrian out of his tennis shoes.

"The driver of the vehicle that hit him had no other alternative. He had no time to respond to it, other than what has occurred here," said Rachals.

Troopers say 45-year-old George Michael Rodefer was behind the wheel of the pickup traveling southbound along U.S. 19. Lemke was struck by the right side of the truck and landed in the road. He was rushed by paramedics to Palmyra Hospital where he died late Thursday night.

This accident was the latest in a growing number of pedestrians that have been struck in recent months. Law enforcement says this accident should serve as a warning to other pedestrians about the dangers of crossing busy streets, especially at night.

'It's not a good idea to be crossing at this time of night. Especially as busy as this road is in this little area. It's always heavy traffic," said Rachals.

GSP says the driver of the pickup will not be charged because the pedestrian crossed into the pathway of his truck. 

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