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Man, 57, killed on Hwy. 20
Authorities: Walked in front of vehicle
Emergency personnel work the scene of a fatal accident Thursday on Hwy. 20. - photo by Autumn McBride


A 57-year-old man was killed Thursday night after he stepped in front of a sport utility vehicle on Hwy. 20, authorities said.

Traffic was disrupted for about an hour between Samples Road and Holly Court as authorities investigated the incident, which occurred about 6 p.m.

Forsyth County Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Shelton said Hubert Dale Brownlee, who was walking east along Hwy. 20, was struck by a silver Jeep Grand Cherokee heading in the same direction.

Shelton said the driver, 36-year-old Andrew Edwards of Buford, veered to the left and tried to slow down to avoid the pedestrian, but the side of the vehicle struck Brownlee.

“The driver said he saw him walking down the road and (Brownlee) turned in front him,” Shelton said. “He said he was unavoidable.”

Edwards said he was on his way home when he saw Brownlee walk into the vehicle's path.

“I tried to swerve and he just kept walking,” Edwards said.

Sheriff’s Cpl. David Garrison said it is unclear why Brownlee, who lived on Holly Court near the accident scene, stepped into the road.

No charges have been filed in connection with the wreck, which remains under investigation, he said.