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Pedestrian killed in Hawkinsville Road accident

A pedestrian was killed when he was struck by a vehicle on Hawkinsville Road late Sunday night.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones identified the victim as Gary Alden Runkles, 70, whose address is unknown. Jones is asking for the public’s help locating his next of kin.

He said Runkles was hit at about 10 p.m. in the northbound lane of the 6700 block of Hawkinsville Road near Smiley’s Flea Market. The driver of the 2015 Scion that ran over him reported that Runkles was already lying in the road.

The driver told Bibb County sheriff’s deputies that he didn’t see Runkles until it was too late, according to a sheriff’s news release.

Jones said an autopsy will be performed to determine whether Runkles was struck by another vehicle.

Anyone with information about Runkles’ family is asked to call Jones at 478-256-6716.

Telegraph staff writer Liz Fabian contributed to this report.

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