The family of Mercedes Shaw, 30, of Thomson is asking for support for funeral expenses after the mother of six was killed Thursday night, May 18, when she was struck by a vehicle on East Hill Street at the intersection of Salem Road.
McDuffie County Coroner Paul Johnson said the call came in at 10:18 p.m. and he pronounced Shaw deceased at the scene at 10:50 p.m.
Johnson and the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) are investigating the incident, and the Thomson Police Department assisted with identifying the victim.
"On May 18, troopers responded to a fatal pedestrian crash on East Hill Street in McDuffie County. The investigation determined a female pedestrian had been walking on the roadway when she was struck and killed by a passenger car. The pedestrian was not wearing light colored or reflective clothing at the time of the crash. There was no form of identification on her person and multiple fingerprint scans were unsuccessful in identifying who she was," GSP spokesman Konswello Monroe told The McDuffie Progress on Friday. "The Thomson Police Department positively identified the pedestrian as Ms. Mercedes Shaw, age 30. The McDuffie County Coroner notified her next of kin at 9:10 a.m. (Friday)"
The GSP later identified the driver of the vehicle that struck Shaw as Kimberly Usry, 51, of Thomson. Usry, who is a McDuffie County 911 communications staff member, reportedly called 911 immediately following the collision and remained at the scene as first responders arrived.
A GSP SCRT team is assisting with the ongoing investigation and the official crash report will not be available until the investigation is complete.
Shaw's family has set up a GoFundMe page to help cover her funeral expenses and help the family.
"My sister had six kids — five boys and one little girl. She was the life of the family and this sudden tragedy has left our family heartbroken as the investigation is still ongoing. If you can find it in your heart to help us out, anything and everything could help. Thank you. Sincerely the family of Mercedes Shaw," reads the GoFundMe plea.
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