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EATONTON, Ga. — A 35-year-old Putnam County man has died after being hit by a car Wednesday night on U.S. Highway 441, local authorities say.

It happened shortly before 8 p.m. about an eighth of a mile from the Dairy Queen in Eatonton in the direction of Milledgeville.

Putnam County Coroner Hollis Harrison identified the victim as Brannon Sheppard, of River Oaks Drive, off the Macon Highway in Eatonton.

Harrison said he went to the scene and assisted Deputy Coroner Pat Welch with the case.

An autopsy will be conducted at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory in Decatur to determine the cause and manner of death, Harrison told The Union-Recorder in a telephone interview Thursday morning.

The wreck remains under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol post in Madison.

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