Deputies urge pedestrians to stay safe along roadways

LINCOLN COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - A 19-year-old woman was killed after being hit by a car on Old Savannah Road early Tuesday morning.

Sujada Truitt was struck by a vehicle around 4:30 a.m. and died from blunt force trauma, according to the Richmond County Coroner.

This is the fifth pedestrian to be hit and killed by a car in Richmond County this year, according to Sgt. Michael McDaniel with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. There have also been 10 incidents where the pedestrian has suffered major injuries.

McDaniel says people need to be more cautious when walking along busy roads and he has some tips for people who may be out and about.

"When you do go walking or jogging or brisk walks or whichever, you want to wear light in color clothes," he said.

McDaniel also recommends that pedestrians wear reflective gear and walk when traffic isn't as heavy.

Demetrice Miles lives on Old Savannah Road and agrees with McDaniel.

"Wear bright clothes, make sure you stay off the side of the road and on the sidewalks," Miles said.

McDaniel also said people need to use crosswalks instead of walking in the middle of the road.

"All you have to do is take that extra thirty seconds to a minute and walk to a crosswalk and wait until it's a good time to walk across the street," McDaniel said.

The sheriff's office can also issue a citation to people illegally crossing the street if it's a danger to the pedestrians and the driver.

And with children of her own, Miles wants to make sure they know the safety rules.

"Life is too short, and it can be gone in an instant," she said.

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office says no are being charges filed against the driver, and the coroner says an autopsy will not be performed. 

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