Editor's Note: A headline, article and photo caption in Friday’s edition incorrectly stated the number of pedestrians killed by vehicles on Richmond County roads this month. Three people have died in the five incidents. Timothy Dunn, 15, was struck by a Buick LeSabre on Laney-Walker Boulevard on April 13 while riding a bicycle, but survived. Information was incorrectly attributed to Sgt. Monica Belser, of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
The Augusta Chronicle regrets the errors.
A man was struck and killed Thursday night on Mike Padgett Highway.
John Mark McPherson, 61, became the fifth pedestrian to be hit – and third to die – on Richmond County roads since April 10.
Richmond County sheriff’s deputies responded at about 8:30 p.m. to calls of a traffic accident in the 3100 block of Mike Padgett Highway at the intersection with Payton Drive.
McPherson, who died at the scene, was under the influence of alcohol, according to Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen. He was pushing a lawnmower, wearing dark clothes and not using a crosswalk, Bowen said. McPherson was hit by a blue minivan traveling northbound, according to the sheriff’s office. The minivan and its driver remained on scene when deputies arrived.
The other pedestrians struck since April 10 were teenagers, and two of them have died.
Early Sunday, Zykeith Harris, 14, died at the scene after being hit near the 1500 block of Gordon Highway.
On April 10, Demonta Collins, 13, was killed when he darted into Milledgeville Road while running from a dog. He was hit by a 2001 Acura, according to the sheriff’s office.