'I think he killed me:' Chelsea man fatally hit while walking his dogs

Chelsea Station

CHELSEA, Ala. (WBMA) - "You get up in the morning, and you're going for your walk. I don't even know if he saw it coming," said neighbor Bill Fleming.

It was a nightmare scenario turned reality for residents in a Shelby County neighborhood. Locals say they've complained for years about speeding in the area.

A 71-year-old man in Chelsea was hit and killed Tuesday while walking his dogs on the sidewalk, not far from his home.

Neighbors said they have asked repeatedly for something to be done about the speeding. They said they never thought it would come down to something like this: a life taken.

James Fay was a regular fixture in his neighborhood, and walking his dogs was a part of his daily routine.

"He is a frequent walker in the neighborhood, everybody knows him," said neighbor Jeff Isbell.

Isbell said he saw Fay moments before he was hit, not realizing it would be the last time he'd see his neighbor alive.

"I don't guess I realized it was as bad as it was," said Isbell.

Fleming says he and his wife heard a noise and saw someone laying on the ground, who they soon recognized as their dear friend.

"He had a few words. He said 'I think he killed me.' And then he said, 'I can't breathe. I can't breathe,'" said Fleming.

Neighbors said speeding has always been an issue in the neighborhood. The speed limit is set for 20 miles per hour.

"20 miles per hour is not that hard to maintain through a subdivision. There's a lot of children in here," said Isbell.

Isbell said neighbors have met about speed bumps in the neighborhood, but due to county restrictions that may not be a solution. He says hopefully this will be a wakeup call for all.

"I hate to think that it takes something as serious as this and as tragic as this, but maybe people will take notice now and think before they come through here at 30, 40, 45 mph," said Isbell.

At this point, the Alabama law enforcement agency has not identified the driver.

WBMA reached out to the Shelby County District Attorney's Office, who said they have no comment at this time and that the case is still under investigation.

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