Pedestrian dies after being struck by SUV
by Staff Report
Oct 16, 2012 | 3712 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cartersville Police Chief Thomas Culpepper said Monday a pedestrian, a resident of Cartersville, was struck by a motorist near the intersection of Joe Frank Harris Parkway and Martin Luther King Drive in the early morning hours.

The driver of a Ford Escape was traveling northbound on Joe Frank Harris Parkway about 1:30 a.m. and changed lanes to enter the turn lane to make left at the McDonalds. According to the accident report, the pedestrian — a 52-year-old male dressed in dark jeans and black shirt — appeared to have improperly crossed the roadway into oncoming traffic.

The pedestrian, who impacted the vehicle in three places, received serious injuries and was transported to Kennestone Hospital by Bartow EMS. He later died in surgery.

Officers investigating the accident stated that the pedestrian appeared to have improperly crossed the highway and given the weather conditions and dark clothing was not visible to the motorist. No excessive speed was involved and the motorist was not cited.

Once the next of kin has been notified, names will be released.

Accident ties up traffic

Bartow County Fire Department was busy Monday with small fires and traffic accidents.

According to BCFD Capt. Bruce King, the department responded to an outbuilding fire about 10:45 p.m. Sunday at Gerdau, 384 Old Grassdale Road, Cartersville.

King said a pinhole in a torch found an ignition source and ignited a fire. There was minimal damage to the building

The department responded about 5 p.m. Monday to an electrical fire at 57 Kimsey Circle, King said, after a fuse panel box malfunctioned. There was damage to the box and minor damage to the ceiling and rafters above the box.

No one was injured in either fire.

The department also assisted the city after a Ford Expedition pulling a camper trailer overturned between exits 290 and 288 on Interstate 75 south about 4 p.m.

King said two women required assistance to exit the vehicle but no one was transported.

The roadway was closed intermittently as the accident was cleared.