Valley man dies after being struck by vehicle

Published 6:50 pm Thursday, July 19, 2018

VALLEY — A Valley man was pronounced dead Thursday morning after being struck by an oncoming vehicle.

According to the Valley Police Department, Mike Kimsey McDonald, 46, was walking on Fairfax Bypass near the Chattahoochee Humane Society at approximately 6:30 a.m. when he attempted to cross the road.

A driver was traveling south at approximately 55 miles per hour in a Chevrolet Cobalt when McDonald stepped out in front of the car, Valley Police Maj. Mike Reynolds said.

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The driver, who called police after the accident, said that they tried to avoid hitting the pedestrian, but was unable to get out of the way.

Police reported that a witness was traveling behind the vehicle and saw the pedestrian step out into the roadway and confirmed that the vehicle in front of them did try to swerve in an attempt to avoid hitting Mr. McDonald.

The driver is not being charged with any crime as police were able to ascertain, through skid marks on the road and the witness’s testimony, no foul play was involved.

“As of this point it does not appear that any charges will be filed,” Reynolds said. “The investigation is still ongoing, but from all the evidence gathered it appears that Mr. McDonald was crossing the street and crossed in front of the driver. The driver had no way to avoid it.”

McDonald was taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy and his family has been notified.

“We are still waiting for the autopsy results to see if Mr. McDonald had anything (in his system) that would have put him in an altered state where he may have not have known what he was doing,” Reynolds said.