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EATONTON, Ga. — Authorities say a man walked who into the path of an oncoming car early Thursday along U.S. Highway 441 in Eatonton has died.

The victim had no identification on him, and authorities are seeking the public’s help to identify him.

Anyone with a relative or a friend who has not been seen or heard from in the last several hours is asked to call the Eatonton Police Department at 706-485-3551 or the Georgia State Patrol post in Madison at 706-343-5870.

Trooper First Class J.D. Cook, who is assigned to the Georgia State Patrol post in Madison, said he was dispatched to the call by the Eatonton Police Department.

The accident happened shortly before 2 a.m. at the intersection of Ga. Route 24 and Georgia Route 16 on the bypass.

Cook told The Union-Recorder that the victim walked into the path of an oncoming car and was struck.

The victim received medical care from firefighters/first responders with Eatonton Fire Rescue and personnel from the Putnam County Emergency Medical Services before being taken by ambulance to the emergency room of Putnam General Hospital in Eatonton where he later died.

Cook said the pedestrian was walking west to east before he was hit by the driver of a Nissan Altima, who was driving northbound along the bypass. The driver of the car, a resident of Goldsboro, N.C., is a registered nurse who is working at the Cook Building at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

“He just kind of walked right into the car,” Cook said. “We don’t know why and probably won’t find out why.”

An autopsy to determine the exact cause of death is slated at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory in Decatur. Authorities will likely use fingerprints and dental records to establish the identity of the victim.

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