Crime & Public Safety

Update: Pedestrian killed after being struck by vehicle in Savannah identified

A portion of W. Bay Street in Savannah was closed after a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle early Saturday.
A portion of W. Bay Street in Savannah was closed after a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle early Saturday. Savannah Police Department

A 70-year-old Savannah man died after he was struck by a vehicle early Saturday morning, according to the Savannah Police Department.

Leon Moultrie died at the scene, a news release from the department said.

Moutrie was crossing West Bay Street when he was hit by a Ford Taurus driven by a 46-year-old Savannah man, the release said.

The incident happened around 6:30 a.m. and is still under investigation.

Lanes were blocked from Fahm Street to the viaduct for three hours Saturday morning as law enforcement investigated the incident just hours before the large St. Patrick’s Day parade downtown.

Spokesperson Bianca Johnson told The Island Packet on Saturday morning that the department will be sending out a news release with more information on the incident.

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Lana Ferguson has covered crime, police, and other news for The Island Packet & Beaufort Gazette since June 2018. Before coming to the Lowcountry, she worked for publications in her home state of Virginia and graduated from the University of Mississippi, where she was editor of the college newspaper.


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