LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) - Georgia State Patrol was trying to identify Tuesday the pedestrian who was killed when they were hit by a truck early Tuesday morning.
The unidentified woman was hit by a pickup truck heading towards Valdosta from Naylor on Highway 84 East shortly before 7 a.m. The woman's body landed in the median between the East and Westbound lanes on Highway 84 about half a mile East of Inner Perimeter, near where the crash occurred. The woman had no I.D. on her and as of Tuesday morning troopers had no idea where she came from.
As senior GSP trooper Jeremy Kinsey spoke to 64 year-old John Luther Bradfield Tuesday morning on the side of Highway 84, the body of the unidentified woman that he hit on his way to work laid in the median.
"[We] don't have any information on who she is yet, we're still tryin' to find that out," said Trooper Kinsey.
She is described as a white female, approximately 30 years old, around 5' 5" in. tall with blond hair and weighing approximately 115 lbs.
As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, it was still unclear if she was in the road at the time or if she was trying to cross when she was hit. "[She] had some injuries to her legs and to her head," Trooper Kinsey explained.
Nine cars full of Bradfield's family members came to the scene Tuesday morning to make sure he was okay and to help him cope with the situation.
"My main concern was to come out, check on my brother-in-law, and to see what had actually happened," said Bradfield's sister-in-law Brenda Wright.
When WALB spoke to Bradfield off camera at the scene Tuesday morning, he was visibly shaken.
Bradfield's sister-in-law said Bradfield was still shaking and was very emotional when she arrived on scene, so the first thing she did was tell him that his family was there for him.
"I assured him that it's gonna be okay and that we're gonna be here for him," Wright emphasized. "We're a very close-knit family. We're always here for each other."
The front end of Bradfield's GMC truck was pretty heavily damaged from the crash. He originally thought he had hit a deer. Both airbags did deploy, but Bradfield was not hurt.
GSP's Specialized Collision Reconstruction team was investigating the crash Tuesday, but Trooper Kinsey said it would likely be at least a week before they know whether charges will be filed.
Blood samples from Bradfield and the female victim were being analyzed Tuesday for any possible sign of drugs or alcohol. Speed is not believed to have played a factor in the crash.
If you have any information about the victim, you are asked to call GSP at 229-333-5215.