Macon woman dies after being struck by street sweeper on Eisenhower Parkway

awomack@macon.comApril 29, 2013 

Kenyotta "Shay" Jones

A Macon woman died early Monday morning after being struck by a street sweeper at the intersection of Eisenhower Parkway and Key Street at about 1:10 a.m.

Kenyotta “Shay” Jones, 22, of Beech Avenue, was wearing black clothing in an area with no street lighting. She was struck in the far right westbound lane of Eisenhower Parkway, according to police.

She was pronounced dead at about 2 a.m. at The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Benice Hillman, Jones’ aunt, said she got a call from her son at about 5 a.m. Her son had seen media reports that an unidentified woman had been killed and that the woman had tattoos on her arms with the names “Shay” and “Derrick.”

Knowing that Jones had those tattoos, her family knew she was the one who had died, Hillman said.

She said she called her sister, Jones’ mother, to break the news.

Family members don’t know why Jones was at that intersection early Monday morning, Hillman said.

“We are puzzled ourselves,” she said.

Jones lived with her mother and had a 5-year-old son, she said.

Hillman described Jones as a woman with a “great attitude” who had her issues, but was a happy person.

“She loved her family,” Hillman said.

The operator of the street sweeper has voluntarily provided a blood sample for testing and has not been charged, according to police.

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