Second person in a week dies on Gray Highway

lfabian@macon.comOctober 1, 2013 

Nearly a week after a man was killed walking along Gray Highway, a woman was hit and killed on that stretch of road early Tuesday.

Brenda Faye Johnson, 62, died of head injuries and multiple fractures in the southbound lanes between Murphy Express and Overlook Garden Apartments, just south of the Wal-Mart entrance, said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.

“She walks the street,” Jones said. “A pedestrian walking in dark clothing in a dark area is dangerous.”

Former Macon police officer Adrian Ussery, who now works at Murphy Express, said Johnson was a regular at the store.

“A lot of times she’ll come up here and sit on the curb by the store, either panhandling or looking for cigarettes,” Ussery said.

He thought she lived in apartments less than a mile away.

Johnson is the eighth pedestrian killed in Macon this year in a total of 18 traffic accidents, Jones said.

Last Tuesday, 25-year-old Daniel Muhammad was struck by a 2006 Dodge Stratus on a dark stretch of the same 1400 block of the road, less than a quarter mile from where Johnson died, Jones said.

Muhammad was killed at about 1:30 a.m., Johnson was hit at about 1:10 a.m., dispatchers said.

The 23-year-old driver of a 2006 Chrysler 300 that hit Johnson left the scene but returned later, Jones said.

He told police he turned left leaving the Wal-Mart Plaza and did not see Johnson before striking her, according to a Macon police news release.

Both the driver and the victim will be tested for alcohol and drugs, as is standard procedure in fatal accidents.

Macon police shut down two northbound lanes of Gray Highway for about two hours during the accident investigation.

The highway reopened at about 4:20 a.m.

Jones tried three addresses early Tuesday in attempts to locate family members.

“I don’t think she has any,” Ussery said. “In the four or five years I’ve known her, I’ve never known anybody to be checking on her.”

Jones said Johnson did not have children or local relatives, but he was able to notify her sister in Atlanta later in the morning.

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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