Woman, 55, dies after stepping into Second Avenue traffic

A 55-year-old Columbus woman who may have been homeless was killed Wednesday afternoon after she apparently stepped off the curb into the path of a northbound SUV on Second Avenue, police said.

The identity of the woman was not released because her relatives have not been notified, said Deputy Muscogee County Coroner Freeman Worley. The woman was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m. in the emergency room of Midtown Medical Center after the accident near 24th Street. Toxicology tests will be conducted as part of the investigation, he said.

Police Lt. Tony Danford said an SUV was northbound on Second Avenue around 6:10 p.m. when the victim stepped off the curb from the east side of the street.

The accident in front of the Open Door Community House remains under investigation but police said preliminary information shows no speed or other factors were involved in the accident.

North and southbound traffic along Second Avenue was diverted to nearby side streets while the wreckage was cleared and the investigation continued. Police seized a Ford SUV with damage on its front passenger side.

The road was reopened just before 8 p.m.

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