Man dies in overnight crash
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A Bartow County man was killed in an early morning, one-vehicle crash Tuesday.

Stephen G. Bailey Black, 23, of Rydal was traveling onto Interstate 75 south at exit 296 about 1 a.m. when he lost control, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The Nissan 350Z left the roadway in the area of the entrance ramp, struck a fence and then a tree, the GSP said.

Bartow County Fire Department Battalion Chief David Levey said the man was not ejected and did not have to be extricated from the vehicle.

According to the GSP, alcohol was not involved.

Man assaulted with part of his own porch

A White resident was beaten with a slat from his own porch early Tuesday morning and broke his hand in self-defense.

According to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the victim said he was inside his home when his dog started barking. He went outside to see if anyone was in a deserted mobile home on his property when he was struck in the face and head with a large stick, as he described it. The incident report noted the area was dimly lit.

Although the victim was dazed after the blow to his head, he began to fight with the suspect, reportedly striking the suspect several times in the face with his fist.

The suspect then fled the property in the direction of Cass-Pine Log Road.

According to the report, the victim went back to his porch and sat on the steps for an unknown amount of time. When his wife returned home from work, she found him sitting on the steps and looking as though he had been beaten, so she called 911.

Emergency medical services were called to the scene and they determined the victim had a possible concussion and a broken right hand. The deputy also noted the victim had a cut and knot on his forehead just above his left eye and his left eye was swollen shut. Scratches also were on the left side of his neck. The victim’s wife drove him to the hospital, according to the report.

After a search of the area around the vacant mobile home, the deputy found the stick used to beat the victim. He determined the stick was actually a railing slat from the victim’s own porch and it had recently been pulled off.