Female pedestrian struck and killed on Highway 36

COVINGTON -- A Covington woman was killed Thursday night when she stepped into the path of a pickup on Ga. Highway 36, according to the Georgia State patrol.

The crash occurred around 6:50 p.m. at the highway's intersection with Laseter Street.

Dead at the scene was 57-year-old Benita O'Neal Marks of 6116 Alcovy Road.

"A 2007 Ford F150 pickup truck being driven by (a 31-year-old Covington man) was traveling south on Ga. 36 when a pedestrian attempting to cross the highway stepped into the path of his vehicle," said GSP spokesman Gordy Wright. "There are no charges pending against the driver."

Wright said the crash remains under investigation by the GSP.

This is the third pedestrian death recorded recently in Newton County. A 12-year-old girl, Lynneah Browning, was struck and killed on Ga. Highway 81 near Oak Hill Road on Oct. 24, and a 37-year-old James Daugherty was struck and killed on Nov. 15 as he walked along Ga. Highway 36, south of Newton Factory Bridge Road. Both victims were killed in the predawn hours.

While each of these situations were different, Wright said there are certain general rules that will help keep pedestrians safe who are out before daylight or after dark.

“The best advice is to wear bright colors (or a vest with reflective stripes) if you must walk or cross a roadway at night,” he warned. “You want to be seen.”

Also, he said the pedestrian must use extreme caution and cross only when it is safe to do so.

“Look both ways several times,” he said. “If at all possible, plan trips that involve crossing busy roadways for daylight hours so the pedestrian can be seen better and the pedestrian can see vehicles better before crossing.”


John 2 years, 10 months ago

Condolence to the family of the deceased and to the driver that hit her - they both will suffer from this tragedy.


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