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April 16, 2014

Accident claims life, driver arrested

TIFTON — A motor vehicle accident involving a pedestrian early Friday morning resulted in a local man's death.

According to a motor vehicle accident report filed at the Tifton Police Department, shortly after 8 a.m., a female witness said she was eastbound in the right lane on U.S. Highway 82 behind a white 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, which was being driven by 26-year-old Riley Jake Hulsey of Alapaha, when they stopped for a red light at U.S. Highway 41 (South Main Street).

Hulsey started to make a right turn when he struck a pedestrian, 31-year-old Brandon Patrick Lanier of Tifton, with the right, front fender, knocking Lanier down with force.

The witness said she got out of her vehicle, along with Hulsey, and started to render first aid. A local police officer was also nearby in his patrol car at the time, waiting to make a left turn onto U.S. Highway 41.

According to the report, Hulsey said when he was stopped at the red light, he looked both directions, and as traffic cleared for him to make a right turn, he accelerated and then struck Lanier with the right, front fender. He stopped immediately and went to render first aid.

Investigation revealed that Lanier was inside the crosswalk heading north, crossing U.S. Highway 82, with a proper pedestrian signal when he was struck by Hulsey.

Officer Terry McStott said Lanier, who sustained head trauma, was taken directly by Air Evac Lifeteam to the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. He was pronounced dead Saturday afternoon.

"It's a very unfortunate situation," McStott said about the accident.

Hulsey was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with second degree homicide by vehicle and failure to yield when entering or crossing roadway. He is currently out on bond.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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