Source: Fran Jeffries, The AJC Online
A sad, unfortunate accident occurred this past Saturday evening, as a child identified as William Randal Garrett of Carrollton was struck and killed by an oncoming pickup truck in Adamson Square. Police stated that the 8-year-old was walking near a crosswalk on Newnan Street when he was hit, however they are unsure at this point if the child was part of a group of pedestrians attempting to cross the street with a “go light,” or if he unexpectedly darted into traffic.
The driver of the pickup, 20-year-old Timothy Perry, was very cooperative with authorities, and no charges have been filed according to Carrollton Police Captain Jamison Sailors. Among the witnesses was Kayla Frashier, a waitress working across the street from the Italian restaurant from which the victim and his family had emerged. She recalled the incident saying, “I’d seen the family just pass by right in front (of the restaurant). It all happened so fast, and I turn around and there’s a little boy laying in the street.” The boy was pronounced dead at a local hospital shortly after the accident.
This is a terrifying example of a haunting reality that many people face on a daily basis. In some instances, accidents can be unavoidable, but it’s important that everyone does their best to ensure their own safety and the safety of those around them when sharing the streets with automobiles. Being aware of and knowing how to react in a potentially life-threatening situation can mean the difference between life and death.
Our thoughts, prayers, and best wishes are with the family of William Garrett.
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