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Pedestrian killed on Victory Drive

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Some of the video captured by our cameras is too grizzly to show from the scene of an accident that cost one Columbus man his life on Victory Drive Thursday morning.

Around 4:45 AM, officials say 57-year-old Bishop Lee Taylor was either walking in the road or trying to cross the six lane street when he was killed by a passing car.

"I pronounced one citizen, pedestrian on the scene this morning who appears to have been struck by a motor vehicle," said Muscogee County Coroner Bill Thrower.

Police say it was a 18-wheeler carrying cars that hit Taylor.

The Columbus man was dragged four city blocks down Victory Drive by the truck- the impact pinning him to its underside from the Summit Gas Station to a John Deere store a quarter of a mile away.

 "It was a very, very tragic accident. There was a lot of external damage, a lot of injuries to the person," Thrower said.

Officers investigating the accident say Taylor was not in a marked crosswalk when he was hit so therefore, it was not the driver's fault.

Those who work along that stretch are in disbelief that someone lost their life in front of their business.

"I got to work this morning and saw the traffic and at first, I didn't know what to think. I saw the coroner's van and I knew then it was not good. It's just very sad, very tragic that someone would die like this," said Robert Barr who is a salesman at the Metrac/John Deere store.

Police say by Georgia law, if a pedestrian is walking or attempting to cross a street anywhere other than a marked crosswalk and gets hit, it is not the driver's fault.

In this case, there are no charges pending against the truck driver.

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