By Patrick Yost
A man known for his work ethic and sense of community died tragically last Thursday when he was struck by a vehicle on a foggy morning in front of Ingles grocery store on Eatonton Road.
According to Georgia State Patrol reports, Henry Jackson, 72, Madison was transported to Morgan Medical Center after the 6:54 a.m. incident but died from injuries sustained in the incident.
Jackson was struck by a 2008 Jeep Wrangler driven by Christopher Daniel Nelson, 44, Madison. near the southbound turn-in lane going into Ingles.
Georgia State Patrol reports state that the Jeep was traveling southbound on Eatonton Road as Jackson was attempting to cross the street. Jackson, reports state, was wearing a ‘black windbreaker type jacket and dark blue jeans.”
Nelson, reports state, “failed to observe (Jackson) until the last second and swerved to the left in an attempt to avoid a collision.”
Reports state that there was no crosswalk at the scene of the collision and that fog reduced visibility at the time of the incident.
No charges were filed in the incident.
Pastor Robert L. Terrell, Jr. Union Springs Baptist church recalled that Jackson, a Cox Road resident, was a “family man” and “well respected in the community.”
Terrell said Jackson became a “community handy man” after he retired from the former Ivex manufacturing plant. Jackson, among other jobs, assisted with projects at Union Springs Baptist Church. “Whenever I needed an extra hand, he became my extra hand,” Terrell said. “He was the hardest working man you every met.”