Update: Police say use caution when crossing street
A Thomasville man died Friday evening after being hit by a truck on National Highway.
According to a Thomasville Police Department press release, Gussie E. Pearson, 50, succumbed to injuries he sustained after a pickup truck struck him near 206 National Highway as he was crossing the street. Emergency personnel transported Pearson to Thomasville Medical Center where he died a short time later.
"Mr. Pearson was crossing the street near Tommy's Bar-B-Cue," Capt. Mark Kattner said. "He was wearing dark clothing and a pickup truck heading into town stuck him in the inside lane of travel. The first officer on the scene started doing CPR until the fire department got there. He was pronounced deceased at [TMC]."
Officers responded to the scene at 5:51 p.m. Friday and found an unresponsive Pearson lying in road. Kattner said the victim was hit by a Chevrolet Z71 pickup truck driven by 21-year-old Ronald Warren, who was traveling south on National Highway and did not stop after hitting Pearson. Warren returned to the scene approximately two hours later as TPD's traffic unit was conducting its accident reconstruction.
"His mother brought him back to the scene," Kattner said. "[Warren] called his mother and said he thought he hit something, but he wasn't certain. His mother told him he needed to go back up there and find out. She brought him back up there around 8:30."
Warren has yet to be charged while officers continue their investigation. Kattner said officers will take their crash report to the district attorney's office to review any possible charges.
Kattner said the area where Pearson was killed has a lot of foot traffic and pedestrians should exercise caution while walking around down there, especially at night.
"There are some street lights out there, but it's surprising how people really can't see you," said Kattner. "Especially at night."
Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or firstname.lastname@example.org.