A man was struck and killed after he lost his balance and fell backwards onto a roadway in Bibb County Friday afternoon. So far, no charges have been filed against the driver who struck him.
The incident happened shortly before 4 p.m. on Eisenhower Parkway just west of Second Street, according to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators said the 58-year-old man had just crossed the westbound lanes of Eisenhower Parkway when the incident happened.
“As the pedestrian stepped up onto the curb, it appeared that he lost his balance, stumbling backwards,” the sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Randy Gonzalez said. “He continued in a backward motion, falling into the right westbound lane.”
At that moment, 61-year-old Ernistine Wimberly, of Macon, was driving a 2006 Honda Accord in the right westbound lane of Eisenhower Parkway when he truck the man as he fell back into the right lane, Gonzalez said.
The pedestrian was transported to Medical Center, Navicent Health where he was pronounced dead, Gonzalez said. The pedestrian was later identified as Ronnie Nelson, of Macon, officials said. Lonnie Miley, the Macon-Bibb County deputy coroner, said Nelson died at 4:33 p.m., according to the Macon Telegraph.
So far, no charges have been filed against the driver, but the incident remains under investigation, deputies said. They are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at (478) 751-7500.