According to Cartersville Police Department Public Information Officer Capt. Mark Camp, Robert Patrick Johnson, 48, of Cartersville was crossing Joe Frank Harris Parkway just north of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive on the southbound side about 9:40 p.m. when he was struck.
The 52-year-old driver of the vehicle said he was leaving work, heading home, when Johnson ran out in front of the vehicle and he could not avoid striking Johnson.
A witness confirmed the driver’s report.
The driver was checked for possible impairment due to alcohol or drugs, and none were discovered. Johnson was in possession of a can of beer when he was struck.
<*C>Woods fire requires additional break
Despite wet weather in recent months, a woods fire that began Wednesday afternoon needed additional attention Thursday.
According to Bartow County Fire Department Capt. Bruce King, the blaze off Norton Road along Tom Jones Road either rekindled or jumped a fire break about 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
He said the Georgia Forestry Commission plowed an additional fire break and BCFD crews extinguished hot spots and “mopped up.”
The woods fire burned about 60 acres, according to King.