Man dies helping motorist
Authorities trying to identify victim

COVINGTON - A man who was helping a stranded motorist on Fairview Road on Saturday night was struck and killed when he inadvertently took a step back into the roadway, according to Lt. Bill Watterson of the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

The victim remained unidentified as of press time Monday, Watterson said.

"We're still trying to identify him and are hoping a family will come forward," he said, describing the victim as a black man who appeared to be in his 30s or 40s with a medium complexion with a mustache.

Watterson said that apparently a vehicle had broken down and the driver called another person to come give it a jump start.

"In the process, they were in the roadway slightly over the fog line in the westbound lane of travel," he said. "While the battery cables were connected, he (the victim) backed out into the lane of travel and was struck by a car traveling westbound."

Watterson said the driver of the automobile that struck the victim remained at the scene and no charges had been filed, adding that all aspects of the case are under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol.

Calls to GSP Post 46 in Conyers for information regarding the incident were not returned by press time Monday.

Anyone who may know the identity of the victim is asked to call the NCSO at 678-625-1446 or the GSP at 770-388-5756.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.