The pedestrian who died in an auto-pedestrian accident on US-19 South in Lee County has been identified by the County Coroner’s Office on Saturday, May 8th. Deputy Coroner Wendy O’Lear identified Timothy Collier as the man who was killed.
According to O’Lear, there is no toxicology report as the victim lost a lot of blood and suffered massive trauma. The deputy coroner listed the cause of death as multiple contusions and blunt force trauma.
The accident that killed Collier occurred early Thursday morning, May 6th. Chief Deputy Lewis Harris of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said a car struck the victim while walking across US-19 South, just after 6:30 a.m. The driver of the vehicle stopped the car after the collision.
The deputy chief added that they closed down the northbound lanes while conducting preliminary investigations. The investigation into the accident on US-19 South is ongoing, and the Georgia State Patrol heads it.
Auto-pedestrian accidents like most traffic collisions mostly end fatally. The pedestrian suffers severe traumatic injuries that lead to their death while the vehicle driver goes unscathed. Those who survive often have permanent injuries and may never return to their lives before the collision.
For these reasons, drivers and pedestrians must follow road safety rules at all times. These rules for pedestrians include looking at both sides of the road before crossing and wearing reflective materials at night. A pedestrian must also avoid jaywalking, texting while walking, and cross using designated crosswalks.
If a pedestrian follows the safety rules and still gets hit by a car, the fault driver would be liable for damages. Find out the liabilities of an at-fault driver and a crash victim’s rights by consulting our Georgia car accident lawyers.