Woman killed in hit-and-run crash minutes after being released from the hospital

A Macon woman died early Monday in a hit-and-run crash less than an hour after she was released from the hospital.

Bibb County sheriff's deputies are looking for the driver involved in the fatal pedestrian accident on Vineville Avenue, and they're pleading for that person to come forward.

Just after 12:30 a.m., a 46-year-old woman, who goes by various names, was hit and killed between Clisby Place and Forest Avenue, Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said.

Teresa Bryant, of Lake Wildwood, who has also gone by the last name of Holley, was pronounced dead at the scene, Jones said. She had been released from Medical Center, Navicent Health, around midnight, Jones said.

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office said her name is listed as Teresa Lynn Reynolds on a state-issued identification card.

She was lying in the left westbound lane of Vineville Avenue wearing a loose-fitting hospital gown when she was hit, according to preliminary information from the sheriff's office. Next to her was a black trash bag of her belongings.

Bryant was run over and suffered fatal injuries, the news release stated.

"Massive head trauma," Jones said, caused the county's fifth pedestrian death this year.

In a news release, the sheriff's office addressed the driver of the vehicle that hit her: "We think you swerved in attempts to avoid what you perceived in the road. The Sheriff's Office is pleading with you to come forward so that you may clear your conscience."

Anyone with information about the fatal crash is urged to call an investigator at 478-751-7500 or phone anonymous tips to Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.

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