THOMASVILLE — A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle that fled late Sunday night, then by a second vehicle, at the intersection of U.S. 19 South and Ga. 122, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
A Thomasville Police Department incident report identifies the victim as Wallace Guynn, a Thomasville resident.
Sgt. Russ Covington, a Thomasville Post 12 Georgia State Patrol trooper who was acquainted with the victim, said they are working on notifying the next of kin. Covington said Guynn's relatives live throughout the country.
Guynn was a widower and had a daughter in college, Covington said.
Guynn was attempting to cross 19 a few minutes after 11 p.m. Sunday. Trooper Ty Edgar, who responded to the incident, said Guynn ran out of gasoline on Ga. 122 near the fairgrounds, walked to a service station, purchased gasoline and was returning to his vehicle when he was struck.
The victim, who was found lying in the middle of the highway, was struck by an SUV at the intersection.
"Apparently, it kept going," Covington said. "We're working it as a hit-and-run."
A second vehicle struck the body. Covington said debris on the highway shows it was not the second vehicle that struck Guynn.
The driver of the second vehicle remained at the scene and notified authorities.
An autopsy will be performed by the GBI crime lab at Moultrie.
Covington said the incident is under investigation. The GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is assisting in the investigation.
On Monday, Edgar said he will look at surveillance video from the immediate area in the time near the death in an attempt to identify the SUV believed to have struck Guynn.
Covington said Guynn was about 60 years old and worked in maintenance at local motels.
"He was just trying to work and make a living," the trooper said.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.