LEE CO., GA (WALB) - So far this year Pedestrian deaths across the state of Georgia are lower than last, but still a deadly problem. And one that concerns Lee County officials.
Officials say early Tuesday morning Charles Stewart was struck and killed while walking in the southbound lane of U-S- 19. The Coroner says Stewart was wearing dark clothing, and was struck by a motorist who did not see him.
A similar fatal crash happened within the last 18 months, a short distance away, when another man was walking in the road.
The Sheriff says the growth of Lee County makes busy roadways even more dangerous for pedestrians.
" The pickup in traffic in Lee County because of the population of Lee County growing up," said Lee County Sheriff Reggie Rachals.. " People trying to get to work. Parents getting their kids to school."
The Georgia Department of Transportation says they have reports of 38 pedestrian fatalities in the state so far this year, and that does not count Stewart.
The Sheriff urges pedestrians, especially walking when it's dark, to wear an orange safety vest.