Poet, 'Positive Influence' Killed when Struck by Car

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Updated: Tue, 24 Sep 2013 07:56:10 EST

A man known as a poet, a positive influence on children and a friend of the Tubman African American Museum was killed overnight when he was struck by a car as he was walking along Gray Highway near Woodlawn Drive.

Daniel Emmanuel Muhammad, 25, was on his way home from work just after 1:30 a.m. when he was hit by a car driven by a 20-year-old woman from Gray. Macon Police say the car was headed south on Gray Highway when the accident occurred.

Muhammad was pronounced dead on the scene.

Muhammad worked at the Lake Bridge Hospital on Riverside Drive in Macon but left work early saying he was sick.

Nicole Thurston of the Tubman Museum posted on her Facebook page that Muhammad, also known as Poetiq Sibaltia Elimu, "was a dear friend of the Tubman Museum, an incredibly talented poet, and a good friend. May God rest his soul."

Thurston said he was "a positive influence on children."

Macon Police said no charges have been filed but that the incident remains under investigation.

This is the 17th fatality involving a car or pedestrian in Macon this year.

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