Local man killed Tuesday afternoon
A Whigham man was killed Tuesday after he stopped on U.S. 84 to clear debris from the roadway, said Grady County Sheriff Harry Young. The man died at the scene about 1.5 miles west of Whigham, Sheriff Young said. The Georgia State Patrol was called in to investigate the tragedy around 4:30 p.m.
Sheriff Young was unable to identify the victim, but a GSP trooper told WALB-TV that his name was Kelly J. Lewis and that the man driving the vehicle that struck Lewis was Charles Macon Moore II.
The victim had been with a female passenger driving towards Whigham on 84 when he stopped in his lane to move a blue plastic tank off the highway, Sheriff Young said.
When another motorist traveling east topped a hill near the parked vehicle, the driver wasn’t able to see the man walking back to get into his car until it was too late, according to the sheriff. Young says the victim waved his arms to alert the driver who then swerved left and slammed on his brakes which caused his vehicle to spin and strike the victim.
The woman called 911 and Grady County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene. The GSP, which investigates traffic fatalities in Grady County, was then alerted.