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Charges will not be filed against motorist who struck, killed man

 

No charges will be filed against the driver who struck and killed a 61-year-old man who was walking in the road on Highway 21 where it intersects with South Main Street in Sylvania, Police Chief Gary Weaver said.

Wade Roger Lowery, who had worked at Gary’s Southside Mini-Mart for 25 years, was walking in the roadway at 11:15 p.m. on April 8 and “is at fault for this accident,” the accident investigation concluded.

“It’s unfortunate” for the driver and the pedestrian and their families, Weaver said. The driver, 30-year-old Tiffany Davis of Sylvania, “did nothing wrong other than being at the wrong place at the wrong time,” Weaver said. “She’s got to live with that.”

Davis stopped when she realized she’d hit something and called 911. “She knew that she’d hit something,” Weaver said. “She stopped as soon as she could.”

Lowery was a well-liked man who “hung around and worked” at the store for a quarter of a century, said store owner Gary Frost. Lowery did such things as clean the parking lot, cut the grass, carry boxes and pump gas.

He enjoyed talking with customers and they enjoyed talking with him, Frost said. “Wade loved me and I loved him,” Frost said. “We’re kinda family. He’ll be sorely missed.”

Frost said Lowery walked a lot, sometimes collecting aluminum cans, and that he frequently walked in the road. “We’ve been telling him for years: ‘Stay out of the road,’” Frost said.

Sheriff Mike Kile said every law officer in the area probably has asked Lowery to get out of the road at one time or another over the years. Many would offer him a ride.

“Everybody liked Wade,” Kile said. “He was a real nice fella.” Kile said about 10 years ago, Lowery was on a bicycle and was struck by a car. The sheriff said Lowery wasn’t hurt, but his bike was destroyed.