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Man hit, killed on Riverside Drive
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Man hit, killed on Riverside Drive

The Bibb Sheriff's Office has named the driver in Tuesday night's fatal pedestrian accident.

Police say driver Kriston Raffield, who's 25, struck Amos Harris Junior, who was trying to cross near Hudson Street off Riverside Drive without a crosswalk.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones says 63-year-old Harris was pronounced dead on the scene.

John George, who works close to where the accident happened, says he sees "dozens of people" crossing Riverside Drive every day.

"I cross it three to four times myself," he said.

He says running across the street to the store is easier than getting to the crosswalk.

"It's inconvenient," George said. "I don't have time to lock the door, run all the way down, back up, get whatever I need from the store, run all the way down and back up again."

The closest crosswalk to Hudson Street is more than a quarter-mile down off College Street.

George says more crosswalks, better street lighting and a lower speed limit could help prevent pedestrian accidents.

George says that's up to Macon-Bibb officials.

"If people would cross where they're supposed to cross or look both ways, I mean pedestrian versus car, a car's going to win every time. But then again, they should have more crosswalks and maybe a few deputies to slow people down," he said.

But Commissioner Larry Schlesinger says responsibility is a two-way street.

"If people aren't using common sense when they cross busy highways, then there's not much the city can do," Schlesinger said.

He says there are no plans right now for further investigation into what changes the county can make to improve pedestrian safety.

County spokesman Chris Floore says any changes to Riverside Drive would be managed by the Georgia Department of Transportation.

If you have a concern about pedestrian safety, you can email county commissioners at commission@maconbibb.us.

The accident is still under investigation. No charges have been filed at this time.

If you have any information on the accident, you can call the Bibb Sheriff's Office at 478-751-7500 and ask to leave a message for the on-call accident investigator.

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