Struck by an SUV after sunset on busy thoroughfare
The inability to see a teenager on a bicycle after sunset on an unlit Jones County road was the apparent cause of last week’s fatal accident on Eatonton Highway.
Witnesses to the Sept. 6 accident stated they passed the bicycle ridden by Vincent Allen Albrycht while they were traveling southbound on the highway. The accident report by Jones County Sheriff’s Deputy Wyndell Simmons states the witnesses told him that the bicycle and rider were traveling north and were in the middle of the road with no reflective gear nor lights on the bicycle. They said they saw the impact of the accident from their rearview mirror.
The time the accident was listed as 8:30 p.m., and it took place near the intersection of Highway 129 and the Veterans Memorial Parkway, formerly known as the North Gray Bypass.
Albrycht was pronounced dead at the scene.
The deputy’s report said Albrycht was traveling north on Highway 44, also known as Highway 129 at Eatonton Highway, in the same direction as the 2019 Jeep Cherokee that struck him.
Richard Wallace was listed as the driver of the vehicle that hit the teenager. Simmons said he spoke to the driver, and he stated he did not see the bicycle in the road before the impact.
The full obituary can be found on page C3 of this week’s edition.