Dotson remembered, mourned this week
Rochelle Dotson is remembered by family and friends as a loving and kindhearted person.
Dotson, 36, of Waycross, and formerly of Bryceville, FL, was killed last Monday night, February 22, on U.S. Highway 84 near its intersection with Zero Bay Road, just east of Offerman.
According to a preliminary report by Trooper Merritt Meeks of the Waycross post of the Georgia State Patrol, Dotson was standing in the center of the right westbound lane when she was struck by a 1998 Freight-liner tractor trailer driven by John Edward West of Sumter, SC.
West was traveling westbound in the right lane of U.S. Highway 84 at the time of the 8:50 p.m. accident.
West reportedly told Meeks Dotson was facing traffic, but made no attempt to move from the roadway prior to the collision. West said he was unable to stop his truck in time to avoid striking her. It was foggy in the area at the time and the report notes weather was a factor in the accident.
Dotson was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident by Coroner William Wilson.
Trooper Meeks said toxicology reports are pending on Dotson.
West was uninjured in the accident and no charges will be filed, Meeks reports.
The westbound lanes of U.S. Highway 84 were closed and westbound traffic was re-routed to one of the eastbound lanes for a period of time Monday night. All lanes were reopen by early Tuesday.
Funeral arrangements for Dotson were pending at press time, but will be held in Florida.
Friends and family members are trying to cope with their sudden loss.
“She was a lovable and kindhearted person and she had many friends. She was very giving and would give you the shirt off her back if you were in need,” said her sister, Martha Hunt.
Dotson was the mother of three kids, Marissa Madore, Joseph Price and Juliana Campbell. A fund has reportedly been set up to help with funeral arrangements and to assist the family.
Dotson was the oldest of four children born to Billy Ray Slay and Catherine Combs. Her siblings include Angeline Slay, P.J. Slay and Martha Hunt.