Lot 140 of the Lenoir Street trailer park still has its lights on. A rug hangs over the back deck’s railing, and a strand of indoor Christmas lights shines from a front window.
A little before 6 p.m. Monday, the mobile home’s occupant, 41-year-old Gerald Wimmer, known as Jesse, was killed when he was struck by a car while walking home across U.S. 63.
A cashier at Blue Acres Restaurant, 4001 Ponderosa St., which is across the highway from the trailer park, said Wimmer had just come in and bought a pack of cigarettes before he was struck and killed by a car traveling north on U.S. 63.
The driver, Brandon Scott, 23, of Columbia, called Columbia Police Department, who arrived at the scene with the Boone County Fire Protection District. Wimmer was pronounced dead at the scene. Columbia police Capt. Zim Schwartze said Scott wasn’t injured.
The cashier, who refused to give her name, said that Wimmer was a daily customer and usually came in alone.
“We called him the ‘flower man,’ ” she said, “because he always brought me flowers that he picked as he walked over here.”
Schwartze said Scott did not violate any traffic laws in the accident and would not be charged.
“He was very cooperative with the investigation and giving information on the case,” Schwartze said. “He pulled over automatically and stayed at the scene the entire time to talk to the police.”
Columbia police advised trailer park residents and others to use the Route AC overpass to cross U.S. 63 more safely.
“It is a horrible thing that happened to Jesse,” the cashier at the restaurant said. “I sure hope that it doesn’t happen to another one that crosses that highway every day.”