22-year-old Kenyotta Jones was struck and killed by a Macon street sweeper early Monday morning.
According to Macon Police, the accident occurred at the intersection of Eisenhower Parkway and Key Street in Macon, just after 1:00am Monday morning. Police report there was no street lighting in the area where Ms. Jones was walking, a factor which may have contributed to the fatal accident. Ms. Jones perished at the scene.
The driver of the street sweeper volunteered a blood sample and police report no charges have been filed. However, attorneys at The Murray Law Firm are investigating whether distraction or improper caution signaling may have been factors in this tragedy. Additionally, investigators are questioning why the intersection, which serves as a bus stop and pedestrian crosswalk, has no working street lights or sidewalks for pedestrians.
- The intersection of Eisenhower Parkway and Key Street serves as a four-way crosswalk and bus stop. Police report the area was unlit at the time of the accident. Are there street lamps in this area and, if so, were they broken at the time of the accident? If not, why has the town failed to provide safe lighting for pedestrians using this major intersection?
- This intersection serves as a bus stop. Is there a safe place for pedestrians to await a bus away from oncoming traffic? Is there a sidewalk at this intersection where Ms. Jones could have safely moved out of the way of the oncoming street sweeper?
- What factors lead to the street sweeper's failure to signal Ms. Jones and stop? Was the street sweeper displaying proper cautionary signals to oncoming pedestrians and vehicles and, if not, why? Were the caution signals broken and, if so, was the owner and manager of the vehicle aware? Was the operator of the street sweeper distracted at the time of the incident?
As the details of this tragic accident continue to unfold, the family of Ms. Jones may elect to hold the owner and operator of the street sweeper liable in her wrongful death. Though financial recovery is certainly not of importance to a grieving family, such a substantial claim would demand all Georgia towns improve their streets and vehicles to meet pedestrian safety standards. It is crucial the family of Ms. Jones retain an experienced personal injury law firm without delay to ensure all evidence, including surveillance footage, is preserved and their best interests are protected. Photographs and a proper inspection of both the street sweeper and any area lighting will need to be made immediately, before any repairs can be made or evidence destroyed. The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting families of tragic cases, such as this, and we offer our legal expertise, if needed.
Our prayers are with the family of Kenyotta Jones. Please let this tragedy serve as a reminder to all Georgia drivers to share our roads with pedestrians and practice extra caution around crosswalks and bus stops.
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