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Macon man dies after being struck by car on Pio Nono Avenue. Driver didn’t stop, cops say

‘Vision Zero’ for safer Macon streets

As the Macon-Bibb County Pedestrian Fatality Review Board strives to reduce deaths, the former director of Sonny Perdue's Governor's Office of Highway Safety, explains the "Vision Zero" approach to preventing deaths.
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As the Macon-Bibb County Pedestrian Fatality Review Board strives to reduce deaths, the former director of Sonny Perdue's Governor's Office of Highway Safety, explains the "Vision Zero" approach to preventing deaths.

A Macon man died from his injuries after he was struck crossing Pio Nono Avenue in front of a Flash Foods convenience store near Dewey Street late Monday.

Deputies who responded to the incident found 53-year-old Henry Eugene Brown unresponsive, a Bibb County Sheriff’s Office news release said. Brown was taken to the Medical Center, Navicent Health, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of a silver four-door sedan that struck Brown did not stop but kept going north on Pio Nono Avenue, the release said.

The 10 p.m. accident remains under investigation, and no other information was released.

“They’re still working to determine what happened,” Bibb County sheriff’s Sgt. Clay Williams said of investigators.

Brown’s death marks the fourth pedestrian fatality in Bibb County so far this year, said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones. In 2018, there were 14 pedestrian deaths in the county.

The Macon-Bibb County Pedestrian Safety Review Board is working on a Vision Zero Action Plan, which aims to eliminate all types of traffic fatalities.

Nationwide, Georgia was among five states that accounted for nearly half of the 6,227 pedestrian deaths last year, according to a Governors Highway Safety Association report released in late February.

In Bibb County, unsafe conditions for pedestrians and motorists may be reported at Macon-Bibb’s SeeClickFix website.

Additionally, alcohol impaired drivers and/or pedestrians factored into nearly half of the pedestrian deaths nationwide in 2017, the report found.

Anyone with information about the accident is urged to contact the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500, or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates 32 percent of all pedestrian fatalities occur between 8 pm and midnight. Here are a few simple tips to help keep yourself safe while walking near traffic.

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