By Tia Lynn Ivey
A local Madison man, Robert Lee Bishop, 56, was struck by an oncoming vehicle while crossing Main Street in Madison on Monday evening. According to a Georgia State Patrol (GSP) report, Bishop and his friend Antonio Collier were crossing near Georgia Military College over to Madison Markets after dark on Monday evening. The driver, Felix Bailey, 47, also of Madison, told officers that he did not see Bishop crossing because it was dark and the accident happened in a portion of the roadway without a pedestrian crosswalk. Once Bailey saw Bishop it was too late.
“He stated that he applied the brakes when he saw the pedestrian but he was unable to avoid impact with him,” reported GSP Officer Land.
Collier told officers that he warned Bishop to stop in the center lane, but Bishop kept walking across the street.
“He stated that [Bishop] continued on and never listened to him after he told him to stop,” said Land. “At this crash scene there was no pedestrian crosswalk for the pedestrian to use,” noted Land.
Officials reported that Bishop incurred non-fatal injuries. He was taken to an Athens hospital to be treated for his wounds. No drug or alcohol test was administered to either party.