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Elderly man struck, killed by SUV

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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It was a routine morning for 84-year-old Elijah "Honey" Harris who lived not far from where he died.

"Every morning he would get up and come to the store. That was his daily route. He would leave the store and go down to the street to Dinner Bell and get him some lunch or whatever. Then he would come back to the house," said Harris' cousin, Betty Covin.

But this morning, as Harris was crossing the street in the 300 block of Swift Street, the driver of this Chevy Tahoe turned off Clark Avenue and ran over him around 9:30.

"Right now, they're still trying to talk to witnesses to try and get information to determine what actually happened," said Phyllis Banks-Whitley, APD spokesperson.  

Witnesses at the scene tell us Harris tripped while crossing the street and could not get up in time to move from the path of the S-U-V. Friends and relatives of a man well known to this community watched with tearful eyes as emergency workers removed his body from beneath the S-U-V.

"God loved him. I know God loved him. We're going to miss him. I know I'm going to miss him. Because I seen him everyday. Everyday," said Covin, who spoke with her cousin this morning one last time before he was killed.

As the investigation into this accident continues, those who were so accustomed to seeing Harris on his daily walk say they will remember him more of how he lived than how he died.

Police have not released the name of the driver but say at this time it does appear that charges will be field.

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