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ID of man hit by car a mystery

LAWRENCEVILLE - Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a Hispanic man struck by a vehicle last weekend while walking in the middle of Jimmy Carter Boulevard in the Norcross area.

The man was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center, where he remains in serious condition and unable to speak, said Cpl. Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

Except for a piece of paper bearing the name Jose David Jurado, the man clad in dark clothing carried no other identifying information. It is unknown if the name on the paper is that of the pedestrian, Moloney said.

The man was walking in the westbound lane of Jimmy Carter Boulevard near Singleton Road about 2:40 a.m. when he was struck by a 1993 Mazda 626 driven by Garvis Walker, 26, of Tucker, Moloney said.

Walker, who stopped at the scene and waited for authorities, received minor injuries but refused medical treatment, Moloney said. He is cooperating with authorities and has not been charged.

An investigation indicates the pedestrian was wearing dark clothes and was not crossing at an intersection or in a designated crosswalk, Moloney said. He was about a quarter-mile from the Singleton Road intersection.

Anyone with information about the identity of the pedestrian is urged to call investigator Toby Williams at 770-417-2376, extension 5733.

Many Hispanic immigrants live along the stretch of Jimmy Carter Boulevard, where apartment complexes are located behind businesses that front the high-traffic corridor and roads that intersect it.

Norcross business and community leaders have expressed concern about pedestrian safety along Jimmy Carter Boulevard near its intersection with South Norcross Tucker and Singleton roads.

Earlier this month Rodrigo Pinon Garcia, 48, was struck and killed while crossing South Norcross Tucker Road. And in February, 29-year-old Baltazar Ledesma died after being struck by several vehicles in front of the Saddle Brook Apartments on Singleton Road.

About a week earlier volunteers had handed out information written in Spanish aimed at educating immigrants about pedestrian etiquette, including how to properly use crosswalks and pedestrian crossing signals.

The county Department of Transportation found that nearly one-quarter of the county's most hazardous spots for pedestrians were at intersections along Jimmy Carter Boulevard. Research shows residents in the area are less likely to own cars and more apt to walk or use public transportation.

The intersection of Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Singleton Road/South Norcross Tucker-Road is difficult for walkers to navigate because it is not perpendicular. From overhead it looks more like a squashed X. There is limited right of way and no pedestrian crosswalk, according to the Gwinnett DOT.

The county applied for but did not receive a federal grant that would have helped pay for a pedestrian bridge over Jimmy Carter Boulevard near Singleton Road.