Warner Robins man dies in Pio Nono accident

lfabian@maconJanuary 25, 2013 

A Warner Robins man was killed early Friday when his Cadillac ran up under a flatbed truck on Pio Nono Avenue.

Shortly after 6:30 a.m., Willie Evans Sr., 78, of Devonwood Drive likely died on impact when the sedan wedged under the truck in the 4300 block of Pio Nono, Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said.

Family members had just dealt with the death of Evans’ wife last month, but they did not know where he was headed Friday morning, Jones said.

Evans' niece, Violet Poe said her uncle had a great impact on her life.

"Uncle Willie will always be remembered by me as a warm, friendly, fun individual who loved his family and was always willing to help others in any way possible," Poe said of the younger brother of her 89 year old mother, Louise Evans Poe.

The driver of the truck did not appear to be injured. After the collision, he was taking pictures of the accident scene and talking to police.

He was taken to the hospital for a routine blood screen, done in accidents involving a fatality.

The truck -- hauling long, metal beams -- appeared to be turning left onto Pio Nono from near the Penske Truck Rental location.

The cab had already crossed the center turn lane, and its headlights were pointed north near Glendale Avenue.

The Cadillac appeared to be headed south on Pio Nono, and the driver may not have seen the truck bed that stretched across both southbound lanes in the predawn darkness.

No skid marks were visible on the road.

The Cadillac’s headlights dislodged and were strewn in the road several feet in front of the wreckage.

Pio Nono Avenue was blocked for nearly three hours until firefighters could remove Evans’ body and gather evidence for the fatality investigation.

A wrecker had to pull the car out from under the truck before firefighters could remove the roof to get access to the front seat.

Police also recovered Evans’ gun from the front of the car, and Jones returned it to the family.

While the road was blocked, motorists detoured at Rocky Creek and Guy Paine roads.

Officers also closed Interstate 75 exits at Pio Nono and Rocky Creek Road to keep vehicles away from the scene.

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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