Pedestrian's family grieving after fatal accident on Riverside Drive

lfabian@macon.comJuly 9, 2014 

Elizabeth Danielly didn’t sleep at all after learning her 62-year-old son, Amos Harris, was killed crossing Riverside Drive about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday.

“I just can’t believe it,” Danielly said while sitting on her living room sofa about noon Wednesday.

Harris was out looking for his 43-year-old nephew, Joseph Harris, but never came back to the Walnut Street home he shares with his mother.

When the younger Harris stopped by, Danielly said his uncle had gone to find him.

“I was out looking for him and I’d seen some fire trucks going across on Madison Street and saw some police cars,” Joseph Harris said.

People on the street said a man in a yellow shirt had been killed not far from Hudson Street, barely two-tenths of a mile from Harris’ home.

“That’s what he had on, so I just took off running down there and he was lying in the road,” said Harris, who returned to break the news to his grandmother.

Bibb County sheriff’s investigators blocked the street near an entrance to Riverside Cemetery and sprayed orange paint on the pavement where Harris landed.

Friends later found his pipe down the road, closer to Madison Street.

A 25-year-old Macon woman was headed north on Riverside in a 2006 Nissan Maxima when she hit Harris, who was not in a crosswalk, according to a sheriff’s news release.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said Harris was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call 751-7500 and leave a message for the fatality investigator.

The victim’s brother, Rufus Harris, wants to make sure a thorough investigation is done to make sure the driver was not impaired or distracted.

“Everybody has a right to due process,” Rufus Harris said on the phone from Florida. “If he just walked out in front of somebody, so be it, but I’m just glad the young lady didn’t get hurt.”

Danielly’s sister Beatrice Alexander trusts that God is in control.

“It must have been his time,” Alexander said in her sister’s living room.

But the loss hits hard for family and friends.

“He loved helping people,” Alexander said of her nephew, who was no longer able to work due to seizures he had.

The former laborer for Bibb Steel and other manufacturers was a sports fan who taught his nephew how to operate a band saw.

“He was an enthusiastic Braves fan,” Joseph Harris said. “He liked anything that said ‘Georgia.’”

Along his block of Walnut Street, he’d roll out neighbors’ carts to the curb on trash day and roll them back, his family said.

Amos Harris was the greatest help to his mother.

“He’d cook. He’d go to the store. He’d wash clothes and do all that,” Alexander said.

More than a dozen sleepless hours after the accident, the reality of Harris’ death had barely sunk in for Danielly, who buried a daughter two decades ago.

Her only surviving son will be traveling to Macon this week.

“These kind of things happen when you least expect it,” Rufus Harris said.

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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