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Braselton man hit, killed while walking in roadway

POSTED: September 4, 2013 12:16 a.m.

A Braselton man walking on Ga. 211 in southeast Hall County was killed Tuesday morning when he was hit by a vehicle, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The incident happened about 6:45 a.m. near the intersection of Ga. 211 and Stillwater Lane when a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Joan Shadburn, 43, of Gainesville struck Preston Anderson, 62, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Trooper Devon Fields said Shadburn told him she thought she had hit a deer in the area that morning.

“She said she had, after the collision, drove back and forth and never saw anything,” Fields said. She continued to her friend’s house but later returned to the area.

A passer-by called in the incident at 8 a.m. after seeing the man lying on the side of the road almost to the tree line.

Fields said he arrived at about 8:15 a.m., and Shadburn returned at about the same time.

“She basically said it was bothering her. She wanted to know what she had hit,” Fields said. “And when she returned, that time is when she saw the emergency units on scene.”

The investigation indicates it was dark at the time, Anderson was wearing dark clothing and the Tahoe did not leave the lane before or after the collision. The Tahoe was traveling south on Ga. 211 and Anderson was walking north in the southbound lanes. No charges are being filed.

Fields said Anderson’s family was not sure where he may have been heading since he is unemployed.


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