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On-duty officer struck, killed 2 pedestrians on Lamar County highway

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Two men were crossing a Lamar County highway when they were struck and killed by an on-duty officer early Friday morning.

The officer was also injured in the incident, which happened around 1:05 a.m. on Ga. 7 in Barnesville, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Investigators said the two men killed were crossing the southbound lanes of the four-lane highway when they were struck in the travel lane by the Barnesville police patrol car heading southbound.

It's unclear why the officer struck the two men and troopers have not released any details on the lighting condition of the area where they were struck.

Justin Sullivan, 25, and Quentin Byrd, 21, both of Barnesville, died from the impact, GSP’s spokesman Gordy Wright said. It's unclear why the men were on the highway and where they were headed when they were struck.

Officer Terry Belvin, 44, was treated for injuries at a local hospital, Wright said. He did not release any details on the officer’s injuries and it was unclear if he was still in the hospital late Friday.

Troopers also have not released any details on whether the officer was responded to a call when the two men were struck.

The crash is being investigated by the Forsyth post of the Georgia State Patrol as well as the GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team, Wright said.

So far, it's unclear if the officer faces any charges in the incident.



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