A 22-year-old Athens man died early Saturday morning after being struck by a vehicle while running along the inner lanes of the Athens Perimeter at the Commerce Road interchange, according to Athens-Clarke County police.
The victim, who died at the scene, is identified by police as 22-year-old Charles Avery Sokol, who had taken classes at the University of Georgia, but was not currently enrolled. Sokol lived in the Bridgewater subdivision, a neighborhood off Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway immediately adjacent to the inner lanes of the perimeter’s Commerce Road interchange.
An investigation is continuing, and police are asking the public for assistance as they continue to look into the circumstances surrounding Sokol’s death. Specifically, police are looking for anyone who may have seen anything while traveling along that section of the perimeter at around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Athens-Clarke police Lt. Don Eckert said Saturday.
Also, Eckert said, police are looking for anyone who might have hit something while traveling on the perimeter at the Commerce Road interchange at around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. According to Eckert, police believe it is possible that whoever struck Sokol may not have realized that they had hit a person.
Police responded to the area after receiving a number of calls about someone running along the perimeter in the Commerce Road vicinity, and discovered Sokol shortly before 1:45 a.m. He died at the scene, according to Eckert.
Police were able to recover some evidence from the scene, including broken automotive window glass. As a result, authorities are looking for a vehicle with either one or two broken side windows, Eckert said. Eckert would not say whether police know what type of vehicle struck Sokol, nor would he comment in detail on any other evidence that might have been obtained at the scene.
As of Saturday afternoon, police had talked with a couple of witnesses, Eckert said. Anyone who might know anything about the incident is asked to contact Eckert at (706) 208-1718, Ext. 223, or through the police department’s main phone number, (706) 613-3330.
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