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Cops: Drunk driver hits, kills man stopped near his vehicle delivering signs

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A man was struck and killed while standing near his vehicle in Cobb County early Saturday morning – and police said the driver who struck him was drunk.

The wreck happened around 12:40 a.m. on Mars Hill Road near Cobb Parkway in Acworth, according to Cobb County police.

Investigators said a blue 2008 Ford F-150 pulling a single axle cargo trailer was stopped in the lane transition area, a painted area that is not intended for vehicular traffic.

The area was between the northbound and southbound travel lanes of Mars Hill Road.

The driver of that truck, Mr. James Underwood, 50, of Acworth, had stopped in that area while distributing advertising signs along the side of the roadway, police spokesman Officer Mike Bowman said.

At that time the driver of a silver 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, heading southbound on Mars Hill Road, failed to maintain his lane of travel and entered into the transition area where he then struck the Ford F-150 head on, Officer Bowman said.

“The driver of the F150, who was standing near his vehicle at the time of the collision, was struck by one or both of the vehicles and was knocked to the ground,” Officer Bowman said.

He was transported by ambulance to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital where he was pronounced dead due to the injuries he sustained from the collision.

The driver of the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado, Mr. Kenneth Chitwood, 48, of Acworth, was not injured in the collision. He was arrested and charged with DUI, failure to maintain lane and first-degree homicide by vehicle.

He was transported to Cobb County Adult Detention Center where he remained Sunday, according to booking records.

Anyone has information about this case is asked to call (770) 499-3987.

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