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RPD: Driver not at fault in fatal pedestrian accident


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Police have determined that a 30-year-old man was not at fault and will not face criminal charges after a pickup truck he was driving struck and killed a pedestrian in south Roswell Tuesday.

Investigators believe Larry Joe Thomas, 61, was accidentally struck while walking south in the middle of the outside southbound traffic lane on South Main Street near Charleston Road between 4:30 and 5 a.m., according to a press release issued late Tuesday by the Roswell Police Department. Thomas was pronounced deceased at the scene.

According to the release, Thomas was wearing dark clothing and standing in an area far away from the street lights when he was struck.

The driver of the full-size pickup initially did not stop when he struck the man, believing at the time that his vehicle had hit a dog or other animal.

The release states the driver did return to the scene a short time later and spoke with investigators after learning from a friend — who also had just driven by the area — that police were at the location.

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Police were dispatched to the location a few minutes before 5:30 a.m. when a motorist had spotted a body lying on the west side of the street.

For two and a half hours, southbound traffic was diverted onto side streets while an investigation was conducted at the scene.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301 or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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