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Man hit by car dies weeks after crash, coroner says

Traffic death marks county’s 15th pedestrian fatality in 2023
Laura Corley | The Macon Newsroom
A Bibb County sheriff deputy’s car with blue lights activated near a pedestrian crosswalk on Jeffersonville Road in Macon.

A man who was struck by a car in north Macon last month died Friday after spending nearly three weeks in a local hospital.

Christopher Lipman’s death marked the 15th pedestrian killed on roads in Bibb County in 2023.

The 44-year-old was running across the five-lane Arkwright Road on the night of Dec. 17 when he was struck by a Honda Civic near Sheraton Drive, just east of Interstate 75, according to a report from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

A Hancock County man at the wheel of the car said he tried to avoid hitting Lipman but was unable to, the report said. A witness told the officer there was “no way” the driver could have avoided the crash.

Lipman was unconscious and had been loaded into an ambulance when a sheriff’s lieutenant arrived at the scene nearly an hour after the crash, the report said. Lipman was listed in the report as being at fault.

Lipman apparently had not been in Macon very long.

An address for Lipman listed in the report matches a hotel in Key West, Florida. Alyson Crean, a spokesperson for that resort city, said police there encountered Lipman three days after Thanksgiving at Tattoos & Scars Saloon.

“He was warned about trespassing,” Crean said. “The owner asked him to leave and we came out and told him he had to do that.”

Crean said police did not have an address for Lipman. It was unclear what brought him to Middle Georgia or where he might have been headed.

Macon-Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said Lipman was an organ donor and his remains were sent to a funeral home in Gray.

To contact Civic Journalism Fellow Laura Corley, call 478-301-5777 or email [email protected].

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