Two men were struck and one of them killed by a hit-and-run driver early Wednesday morning when they stopped to help a motorist change a flat tire on I-20 in DeKalb County. But police said a Good Samaritan followed the driver and forced him to stop.
Mr. Andrew Spencer, 29, of Atlanta, was charged with vehicular homicide, hit and run and failure to maintain lane, according to DeKalb County police.
So far, police have not been able to confirm the identity of the man who died, but they believe he was 25 years old.
The wreck happened around 4:30 a.m. in the westbound lane of the interstate.
Investigators said a female driver called two friends to help when she had a flat tire just west of the Panola Road exit.
The men were changing the tire on the right shoulder, police spokesman Capt. Stephen Fore said.
"Another vehicle veered out of lane and struck the two men," Capt. Fore said.
The driver of the Dodge Ram pickup then left the scene.
"A Good Samaritan who witnessed the accident followed him and compelled him to stop," Capt. Fore said.
He pulled over on the interstate near the Wesley Chapel Road exit where he was taken into custody by police, the captain said.
The men were rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital where one died and the other, Mr. Devon Witter, 26, of Covington, was in critical condition, Capt. Fore said.
Mr. Spencer was transported to the DeKalb County jail.