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Savannah Police Department headquarters.
The Savannah Police Department’s Traffic Investigation Unit is investigating a Jan. 19 pedestrian-involved accident on Ogeechee Road that resulted in the death of a 57-year-old Savannah woman.
According to a Savannah Police spokesperson, SPD officers responded to a call at the 4300 block of Ogeechee Road, near the busy intersection with Chatham Parkway, at around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19. There they discovered Mae Helen James suffering from injuries after being struck by a vehicle.
James was transported to a hospital, where she later died as a result of her injuries.
A preliminary investigation revealed that James was attempting to cross from north to south on Ogeechee Road when she was struck by an eastbound Chevrolet Avalanche pickup truck driven by Adam Wickline, 47, of Richmond Hill. James was not in a crosswalk at the time she was struck.
The investigation is ongoing, according to the SPD spokesperson.
In response to regular occurrences of pedestrian-vehicle accidents citywide, Savannah Alderman Nick Palumbo is developing a "Complete Streets" ordinance
to address unsafe street crossings and improve right-of-way access for those who do not drive.