Pedestrian hit and killed in Macon

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A man died Sunday night after he was hit by a car and killed in Macon.

Macon – Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones says it happened on Liberty Church road near Hawkinsville Road, just after 10 p.m. Sunday.

The man has been identified as 70 year old Gary Alden Runkles.

Deputies with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office say a 2015 Scion driven by David Alvord hit Runkles as he was traveling northbound on Hawkinsville Road. Witnesses say Runkles was lying in the roadway before Alvord hit him. Deputies say Alvord did not see Runkles lying in the roadway until it was too late and hit him.

Runkles was pronounced dead by the county coroner at the scene at 10:45 p.m. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday to determine if the he was hit by multiple vehicles.

The accident is currently being investigated and no charges have been made at this time. Anyone with information about this accident is asked to contact the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500.


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(478) 745-4141 ext. 303 Karlisha Booze joined the 41NBC news team in October 2013 as the producer for 41 TODAY. A year later, reporting for Channel 17, the Bibb County School District channel, was added to her responsibilities. Born and raised in Macon, Karlisha is proud to be in her hometown doing what she loves to do. Karlisha's passion for news began in elementary school where she anchored the school's morning news and got an opportunity to try out for the Junior Journalists at WMAZ. She also performed in commercials with Kids Voting Georgia, for Bibb County and Cox Communications. Prior to working at 41NBC, she was a news intern at WGXA and was later hired as a production assistant and worked as a fill-in anchor/producer for the station's morning news broadcast. Karlisha graduated from Middle Georgia College in 2009 with an Associate of Arts (Communications), from Fort Valley State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communications), and from Ashford University in 2014 with a Master of Arts (Organizational Management). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate focusing on Business Administration. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and spending time with family and friends, especially her son, Ka'Dence. If you have any story ideas, please pass them along!