• Man killed, good Samaritan injured while pushing car off road

    By: Ross Cavitt

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    COBB COUNTY, Ga. - A Good Samaritan is in the hospital and a man is dead after they were hit trying to push a car off a busy road. 

    Police say Robert Matthews, 45, and his wife ran into car trouble on Johnson Ferry Road just after nightfall on Monday. 

    Kevin Fullerton offered to help and volunteered to take them to a mechanic.

    The two men were pushing the car up a hill when an 85-year-old driver coming up the hill hit them.

    “Another driver came up from behind in that same lane of travel and collided with the two males and the vehicle,” said Alicia Chilton with the Cobb County police department.

    Matthews died on the scene and Fullerton was taken to the hospital, where he is being treated for serious injuries.


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    “There was a female occupying the vehicle who was actually steering the vehicle as the males pushed the car up the hill. He’s the man who died on the scene and the other man, who they really didn’t know, is the one who is in serious condition at the hospital,” Chilton said.

     

    Family members said Matthews is from the Columbus area and was in metro Atlanta for a funeral. He worked as a chaplain at the county jail.

    East Cobb residents say cars routinely disregard the 45 mph speed limit. Monday’s crash brought back memories of a crash less than a mile away, when an 82-year-old driver hit and killed a tree service worker trying to direct traffic.

    Police eventually charged the driver with misdemeanor vehicular homicide.

    Police have not charged the 85-year-old driver in the latest case. They will make a decision after they reconstruct the accident scene.

    “It’s up to investigators to look at everything, you know, the speed conditions, the lighting conditions, driver conditions, all that stuff and recalculate everything and put the scene back together,” Chilton said.

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