Traffic fatality

The Georgia State Patrol worked a pedestrian fatality Wednesday night, March 6, on Ga. Highway 1 (Lafayette Road) that claimed the life of a Rossville man.

According to GSP Post 5 in Dalton, the incident occurred at approximately 7:28 p.m. near Schmitt Road.

Trooper First Class 3 William Dedmon said the deceased man has been identified as 66-year-old Alvin Broyles of Rossville.

Dedmon said a vehicle was traveling south on Ga. 1 and struck Broyles as he was attempting to cross the road from the west shoulder.

“The pedestrian, Alvin Broyles, stepped out into the roadway, and the vehicle driven by Mark Strickland struck him in the roadway,” Dedmon said.

Dedmon said the collision didn’t appear to be the driver’s fault. “The vehicle had a green traffic signal,” Dedmon said. “The pedestrian was not in a crosswalk and was wearing dark clothing.”

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at