An Alabama man is being charged with murder after police say he ran over a Douglasville woman Wednesday afternoon around 2:15 at the intersection of Highway 5 and Douglas Boulevard.
Douglasville Police Chief Chris Womack said Dewey Calhoun Green, 23, of Birmingham, Ala., was arrested and charged with felony murder, aggravated assault and aggravated battery in the death of Janice Pitts, 53, of Douglasville.
According to Womack, witnesses said Green rear-ended the red Lincoln Navigator Pitts was driving “about three times” as she waited in the southbound turn lane on Highway 5 while attempting to make a left going toward Lowe’s. Green was driving a black Chevy Silverado.
Womack said when Pitts got out to check the damage on her car, Green pinned Pitts on the side of her vehicle, and then ran over her after she was knocked to the ground.
Douglas County Coroner Randy Daniel said Pitts was pronounced dead at 2:37 p.m. from massive blunt force trauma. Daniel said paramedics tried to revive Pitts while they transported her to the hospital, but she was dead at the scene and never recovered.
The body was sent to the Georgia State Crime Lab for an autopsy because of the charges Green faces, Daniel said.
Acting District Attorney Brian Fortner said several witnesses to the incident helped stop Green until authorities arrived.
Womack said the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Major Case Unit is working the case along with DPD and the Douglas County DA’s Office.
Womack said authorities asked a judge for a search warrant to draw blood from Green.
“Obviously in my opinion this guy wasn’t in his right mind – whatever was going on with him, whether he was having a medical incident or he ended up being under the influence of something,” Womack said. “That’s why we’re getting the blood to take a look.”
Womack said no motive was immediately known and that police don’t know of any connections between Green and Pitts.
Womack said Pitts had her adult daughter and granddaughter in the vehicle with her but that neither were injured. Fortner said further charges may be forthcoming related to the daughter and granddaughter.
“Right now it just seems like a very senseless act,” said Womack.
Green was booked into the Douglas County Jail after the incident. Fortner said Green’s initial court appearance has been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday in front of Chief Superior Court Judge Robert James.
Investigators with the Douglasville Police and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office are seeking information from anyone that may have witnessed the incident. Anyone who was in the area or the event is being asked to contact Inv. Clinton Ratliff at 678-486-1245 or case agent Inv. Susan Sweat at 770-920-7138.