Pedestrian Killed in Traffic Accident on Jefferson Road

May 30, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
Driver of this Jeep Cherokee Accidentally Hits Pedestrian (WJLE Photo)
Pedestrian Struck by Jeep Cherokee on Jefferson Road (WJLE Photo)
THP Sergeant Mark Dial Spray Paints Spot of Skid Marks (WJLE Photo)

A 49 year old man, walking near the middle of Jefferson Road, was killed Sunday night after being struck by a motorist around 8:55 p.m.

Dead is David Lynn Judkins.

Trooper Allen England of the Tennessee Highway Patrol told WJLE that 19 year old Duncan Delille of Silver Point was driving east in a 1995 Jeep Cherokee when he saw a man walking east in front of him near the center line of the two lane road. Judkins was wearing black jeans and no shirt. Delille swerved to the right but the left front of his vehicle hit Judkins. After impact, Judkins came to rest in a ditch on the northside of the roadway. He died instantly.

Delille pulled over to the right side of the road after the accident and authorities were notified.

Neither Delille nor the juvenile passenger of his vehicle were injured.

Only minutes before the fatal accident, another motorist had a close call with Judkins. According to Trooper England someone called 911 to report a pedestrian walking in the middle of Jefferson Road and that he had almost struck him. A deputy was enroute to investigate when the call came in that the pedestrian (Judkins) had been hit.

Trooper England said Judkins' last known address was McMinnville but it is believed he was staying with friends or relatives in the Jefferson community.

No charges will be filed in the case.

Trooper England was assisted in the investigation by THP Sergeant Mark Dial and Trooper Darrell Knowles. Deputies of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department were also on the scene along with DeKalb EMS and the Keltonburg station of the DeKalb County Fire Department. Jefferson Road at the crash scene was closed for about three hours during the investigation.

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