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Pedestrian killed in Athens, police say

WXIA-TV Atlanta logo WXIA-TV Atlanta 9/27/2021 Jason Braverman

A man was killed early Monday morning as he was walking along the road in Athens.

Athens-Clarke County police say 32-year-old John Joseph Walling, of Winder, was walking in the southbound lane of Jefferson Road near Oak Grove Road when a Honda Civic struck him.

It happened around 12:09 a.m. 

Two occupants of the Civic suffered minor injuries, police said. 

This is the 19th fatal motor vehicle crash this year in Athens-Clarke County.

Anyone that has information regarding the crash is asked to contact Officer First Class Compton at (762) 400-7377 or via email at

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