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Gainesville pedestrian killed Saturday on US 129
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A Gainesville man was struck by a car and killed Saturday while walking on the shoulder of Athens Highway/U.S. 129, according to Georgia State Patrol.

State Patrol responded around 6:57 that night to Athens Highway south of Gaines Mill Road. Darrell Harris, 58, was dead when they arrived, Trooper J. Thompson said.

Thompson said Harris was walking on the right shoulder and Jose Acosta, 37, of Gainesville was traveling southbound on Athens Highway in the right lane.

“(Acosta) stated he left the scene and went to his house on Wallace Road before returning to the scene,” according to the incident report.

Acosta was at the scene when troopers arrived, Thompson said.

“Mr. Acosta struck Mr. Harris with his vehicle on the right front of (the car),” Thompson said.

An autopsy is being performed on Harris, and charges are still pending in this case.

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