Douglasville man hit, killed feet from police station

By: Jeff Dore


DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - Douglasville police are offering a reward to help find a driver who struck and killed a pedestrian right in front of the police station and then kept going.

Gary Latimer, 41, died from his injuries Tuesday afternoon.

Channel 2's Jeff Dore found out he had just walked out of the police station before he was hit.

It started Saturday night on Pinecrest Drive in Douglasville, where a resident called police.

“One of our citizens in Douglasville, actually he was in their yard, peeking in a window,” said Douglasville Police Chief Chris Womack.

Police took Latimer to police headquarters and charged him with public intoxication. In less than an hour Latimer bonded out. He left on foot and walked across Fairburn Road.

“Approximately four minutes later, after he walked out with a bondsman was when we got our first call at 911,” Womack.

Police said a maroon or burgundy Buick, a 1997 or 1998 Century Limited or Regal, struck Latimer.

There are about 30 of those registered in Douglas County and investigators are checking each of them.

“It's going to have damage to the passenger side view mirror. It's going to be partially gone,” said Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Ken Connor.

They’ve offered a $5,000 reward for information that leads to arrest and conviction. Douglasville police have no rules about how long to hold someone for public drunkenness.

“But I can assure you we're going from top to bottom with every officer that comes in contact with this gentleman to make sure that if there's anything we can do in the future to keep a tragic incident like this from occurring, that's exactly what we're going to do,” Womack said.

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