Community remembers CSU employee killed in accident on 11th St. and Broadway

Updated: Apr. 4, 2019 at 11:11 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Columbus church family gathered Thursday night to remember a man loved by many who was tragically killed just before 9 a.m.

Crosspointe Church on Airport Thruway held a vigil in honor of William Feeney, whom they affectionately called, “WD.”

“He was just a wonderful person,"said Brad Evangelista, lead pastor at Crosspointe Church. “He was not only apart of our church, he was also at Christ Community Church and all throughout our community just a wonder spirit. He never met a stranger.”

Men, women and children filled the sanctuary for scripture reading, prayer and reflections on the good times they shared with Feeney. Close friend Kaelan Boyd added, “he was my angel of grace; he was always happy and taught me how to live life to the fullest.

Columbus police said the 30-year-old was crossing 11th Street and Broadway in his wheelchair when he was hit and killed by a dump truck driver.

Columbus community members are sharing their thoughts on the accident.

“It’s hard to understand because it’s so pedestrian-friendly and especially for someone in a wheelchair, you’d think they would be looking out for,” said one woman.

At this point, police are still trying to figure out how it happened and it’s unclear if any changes will be filed.

“You see cars flying up and down Broadway," said a Columbus man. "I come down here everyday and I probably cross the intersection ten times a day.”

Feeney’s pastor said even though he’s gone, they’re finding strength in knowing he loved Jesus. He worked in the IT department at Columbus State University where he received an undergraduate degree and was working on obtaining his master’s degree.

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