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Man killed crossing Bypass

July 20, 2003

ALBANY - Police have identified a 20-year-old man struck by a vehicle and killed Saturday afternoon as Lorenzo James of Centerville, Alabama. He was a student at Turner Job Corps in Albany.

James, along with a group of students from Turner, was leaving Wal-Mart on Ledo Road. Police say they crawled through a hole in the fence behind Byne Baptist Church and were attempting to cross the Liberty Expressway to get to the Albany Mall.

According to investigators, a large truck was traveling west in the right lane of the busy highway and shielded his view of a fast-moving SUV in the left lane. James apparently tried to beat the traffic and was struck by a Toyota Forerunner, driven by Cheremie Nicole Dunlap of Albany. 

Dunlap did not see James and couldn't avoid hitting him. He was killed instantly and thrown more than one hundred feet from the point of impact.

The speed limit along that section of the highway is 65 miles-per-hour, but police say traffic averages at least 74 miles-per-hour.

No charges will be filed against Dunlap.

James' death is the third pedestrian fatality in Albany in recent weeks.

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