1 killed, 1 injured while changing tire on I-20

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. —

A man has died and another is in critical condition at Grady Memorial Hospital after being struck by a truck driver on Interstate 20 on Wednesday morning.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said two people were changing a tire on I-20 westbound, just west of Panola Road, when they were hit around 4:30 a.m.

The suspect driver has been identified as Andrew Spencer, 29, of East Point.

DeKalb County police said two women called the male friends to help change a tire. Police said a Dodge Ram pickup truck that was not maintaining its lane struck the men and kept driving. Driver Lee Hardeman was right behind the truck driver and followed him down I-20.

Hardeman called 911 and gave dispatchers Spencer's tag number. But after about a mile, Spencer pulled over.

Hardeman spoke exclusively to Channel 2 Action News about the moment he saw the truck drift from the center lane onto the shoulder.

"So I saw the people over there and him going closer to the car. So I started blowing my horn a little bit. That's all I could do. (He) just ran over the people and didn't know to stop and help people. I didn't want this guy to get away," Hardeman said.

Spencer has been charged with hit-and-run, vehicular homicide and failure to maintain lane.

Investigators do not believe Spencer was impaired by drugs or alcohol. They're trying to determine how he got distracted.

A Channel 2 reporter is trying to get the names of the victims.

Stay with Channel 2 Action News for updates on this developing story.