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Police urge pedestrian safety after fatal accident

Police said too many people in Albany jaywalk, often through traffic on busy roads like Slappey. It is against Georgia law where sidewalks are available. (Source: WALB) Police said too many people in Albany jaywalk, often through traffic on busy roads like Slappey. It is against Georgia law where sidewalks are available. (Source: WALB)
"Get you a reflective vest, and carry that and put that on as you are walking.  And try to give you any extra advantage that you can when it comes to being close to the roadway," said Corporal Greg Gadt with APD. (Source: WALB) "Get you a reflective vest, and carry that and put that on as you are walking.  And try to give you any extra advantage that you can when it comes to being close to the roadway," said Corporal Greg Gadt with APD. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Following the death of a 25 year old Albany man Wednesday night, Albany Police said there is an issue with pedestrian safety.

Police urge people who walk a lot to protect themselves.

The Albany Police Traffic Unit has investigated 8 traffic fatalities so far this year. 

Five of those killed were pedestrians, and all those pedestrians were at fault.

Just before 6 p.m. Wednesday Jacedrick Leverette, 25, was struck by an SUV in the 2200 block of Newton Road and killed.  

Police said Leverette was walking south in the northbound lane when he was fatally struck. The driver, 30 year old Stephanie McDowell, will not be charged.

Police said too many people in Albany jaywalk, often through traffic on busy roads like Slappey. It is against Georgia law where sidewalks are available.

Police urge people who walk a great deal on Albany streets to wear  safety reflectors, especially at night.

"Get you a reflective vest, and carry that and put that on as you are walking.  And try to give you any extra advantage that you can when it comes to being close to the roadway," said Corporal Greg Gadt with APD.

Police also say if there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing on coming traffic so you can see to jump out of the road if needed.

It's Christmas season, and there are more cars on Albany roads, and more out of town visitors driving here to shop who are unfamiliar with the streets.

So pedestrians are urged to take special caution crossing streets and use the crosswalk for protection.

Police ask drivers to put their phones down and stay alert for pedestrians.

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