2017 was better than the previous year as far as fatalities on Georgia roadways. 1532 people died, down from 1561 in 2016. 2016 was the deadliest year on record since 2008. So far in 2018, 65 people have been killed on Georgia roads. One of these victims was a pedestrian whom may have tried to harm himself. The Gwinnett Daily Post reports on the incident.
Gwinnett Police had received several 911 calls about a pedestrian in the roadway on Wednesday, January 24th.
The calls began coming in at about 12:15 p.m. reporting a man who was darting from the side of the roadway into traffic.
One witness reported that the victim, Sonfa Turay, would wait until a good-sized truck came down the roadway and would attempt to step out in front of the vehicle.
Gwinnett Police and a Dacula Marshal arrived to speak to Turay. They took him back to his nearby home.
Unfortunately, Turay returned to the same area on Highway 316 sometime later.
Just after 3:15 p.m. police responded to a pedestrian accident. Turay was found at the scene, having been struck by two separate vehicles. The driver reported that Turay stepped out in front of his vehicle and narrowly avoided being struck. Turay stepped back onto the median and then back out in front of the second vehicle.
Turay died at the scene.
Turay’s wife told police that he had suffered from a traumatic brain injury and had been in an altered mental state for the last few months.
No charges are expected to be filed in the accident.
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