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Man killed in hit & run, suspect questioned

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ACREE, GA (WALB) – Guided by flashlights, Georgia State Troopers walked along Highway 82 Tuesday night searching for evidence left behind during a deadly hit-and-run accident.

"We're trying to find witnesses that might have seen what happened and give us a short statement as we try to piece this puzzle together," said Trooper Jeff Hobby.

The victim, 46-year-old Michael Thomas, was just a short distance from his home on Peafowl Road when we has hit while walking on the side of the highway.

It happened sometime after 7 p.m. just inside the Acree community near the Dougherty and Worth county line.

The victim's uncle, Ulyese Davis, was in Albany when he learned his nephew was the man who was killed.

"He walks a lot from here and Albany back and forth. He lived by himself in a mobile home," said Davis.

But this walk would be his last. Witnesses who live nearby told state troopers they heard the impact. When police arrived, Thomas was already dead.

The impact was so hard it threw him out of his tennis shoes.

Andrew Roberts was arriving at his home in the Pleasant Hill trailer park community when he saw the highway lit up by emergency lights.

He said, "I thought, this is sad. What happened? I hope it ain't nobody I know."

But Roberts later learned he did know the victim. It was his neighbor. A man he says walked the highway often - a practice that worried his friend.

"I would say please stay off that highway. I begged him. I begged him to stay off the road," said Roberts.

But as troopers were wrapping up the scene they received a tip that a hit and run suspect was taken into custody.

Troopers say they're questioning 33-year-old Joe Daniel Adkins and Wendy Marie Adkins of Sylvester. Charges are pending against the two.

According to troopers, Joe Adkins called 911 in Dougherty County and told dispatchers he thought he hit something while driving.

He and his wife were picked up by police at a home in Sylvester.

As of midnight Wednesday, the pair were being questioned at the Worth County Jail.

The body of Michael Thomas will be sent to the GBI crime lab for an autopsy.


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