EATONTON, Ga. — A 38-year-old Eatonton man who was hit by a car early Thursday while walking along the U.S. Highway 441 bypass in Eatonton died later at a local hospital, local and state authorities say.
It took authorities several hours to determine the victim’s name since he did not have identification on him at the time of the accident.
Eatonton Police Chief Kent Lawrence, who went to the scene, said he secured the fingerprints of the victim and sent them to the Macon-Bibb County Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab to establish the identification of the man.
The victim was identified as 38-year-old Joseph Bradley “Brad” Gravit, Lawerence told The Union-Recorder.
Gravit was treated at the scene by firefighters/first responders with Eatonton Fire Rescue and personnel with the Putnam County Emergency Medical Services. The victim was later taken by ambulance to Putnam General Hospital in Eatonton where he died a short time later.
“I deeply appreciate the help we received from the Macon-Bibb County Sheriff’s Office in confirming the identity of Mr. Gravit,” Lawrence said.
The Georgia State Patrol post in Madison investigated the accident.
Trooper First Class J.D. Cook said the accident happened about 2 a.m. at the intersection of Ga. Route 24 and Ga. Route 16.
The investigation revealed that for unknown reasons, Gravit walked into the path of a Nissan Altima, Cook said. The driver was traveling northbound at the time and en route to see relatives.
No charges will be filed against the driver of the car.
The driver is a registered nurse from Goldsboro, N.C.., who is living in Milledgeville temporarily while working at the Cook Building at Central State Hospital during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.