Authorities identify Washington Road pedestrian killed Friday

A pedestrian who died Friday morning after trying to cross Washington Road has been identified as 73-year-old Robert Matthew Bancroft.


Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten said Bancroft was crossing from America’s Best Value Inn, 3023 Washington Road, to a bus stop on the other side of the highway when he was hit by a Ford Explorer traveling west around 6:20 a.m.

Bancroft was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:08 a.m.

Tuten said the victim’s roommate at America’s Best Value Inn said Bancroft had left to catch a bus to the methadone clinic.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as 25-year-old Jonathan Kelly, will not be charged at fault in the accident. He was issued a citation for driving with a suspended license.

Authorities continue their search for Bancroft’s family, who might live in Alabama. If anyone has any information on family of the victim, call the Richmond County Coroner’s Office at (706) 821-2382.