By Brianne Sweetland

brianne.sweetland@gaflnews.com



VALDOSTA -- An 82-year-old man choked to death while dining with his family Thursday.

Edward Jack Lucas, of Valdosta, was eating at Ole Times Country Buffet, North St. Augustine Road, when family noticed him slumping.

Patrons attempted to perform the Heimlich maneuver but were unsuccessful, said Lt. Bernard Robinson, Valdosta Police Department spokesman.

EMS from South Georgia Medical Center arrived and attempted to resuscitate Lucas.

Robinson said Lucas was pronounced dead while en route to SGMC.

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