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Albany man still smiling after hit-and-run

By Ryan Houston - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –An Albany man continues his recovery from a hit and run that almost killed him. 59-year old Jimmy Shemwell was hit by a someone driving a pickup-truck while riding his bicycle on Gillionville Road New Year's Day.

He's been hospitalized for two weeks now and police are looking for the driver who hit him.  Shemwell has worked at the Albany YMCA for more than 30 years.

He's known for his big heart and positive attitude. And that's something, he still has even after this terrible accident.

When a vehicle hits a bicycle head on, there are going to be problems. "It almost broke all my ribs on the left side," said Shemwell.

"They've got him on a stretcher and the first thing he said was, 'I don't think, we'll make the Falcons game on Saturday,'" said his nephew Foy Shemwell.  

Jimmy Shemwell left his home on New Year's eve headed to church, and passed by the YMCA where he works which has surveillance cameras.

However the camera did not record the accident. "He ought to knew he hit me, because the lady driving behind me said it made a loud noise,"  said Shemwell.

The driver kept going after hitting him. His nephew found out about the accident from a witness who saw everything. "All the person that witnessed the accident said was, Jimmy's been in an accident, and he's at the corner of Gillionville and Magnolia," said Foy Shemwell. 

"I hope this isn't the way the Lord chooses to take my life. I have a lot more seeds to sow," said Shemwell.  

At this point, Albany Police have no leads on the person who almost took Jimmy's life. "All we know, is that they were Traveling on Gillionville road, the truck left it's lane, and hit the individual on the bike," said an Albany Police Department Spokesperson. 

"I'm not mad at the man. I'm just kind of angry that he left the scene, and didn't stop to check on me," said Jimmy Shemwell.  

Even after spending the first two weeks of the year in the hospital, he doesn't hold a grudge. "God has shown me not to judge. I just hope the guy that did this, comes forward before the lord straightens him out," said Jimmy Shemwell.  

In this hit and run accident, Jimmy Shemwell is just glad to be alive. His doctor said, he could possibly have another eight weeks in the hospital for Physical Therapy.

After it's all over, Jimmy just wants to go back to work at the YMCA.

Police are asking if you know anyone, who drives a black small pickup truck to call police at 431-2100. You're also asked to call crime stoppers at 436-8477.

For more information on the Albany YMCA visit

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