Police say an Alabama man has been arrested and charged with murder after he ran over a Douglas County woman Wednesday afternoon at approximately 2:15 PM near the Highway 5 and Douglas Boulevard intersection.
Chris Womack, Douglasville's Chief of Police, reported that Dewey Calhoun Green, 23, of Birmingham, Alabama, was taken into custody and charged with Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Battery for the death of 53-year-old, Janice Pitts of Douglasville.
Womack reports that witnesses saw Green's black Chevrolet Silverado truck hit the rear of Pitts' red-colored Lincoln Navigator while Pitts waited in Highway 5's south turning lane trying to turn left as if going to Lowe's.
Apparently, when Pitts got out of the car to look at the damage to her vehicle, Green pinned her to the side of her car and then backed over her after she fell to the ground.
Randy Daniel, the Douglas County coroner, pronounced Pitts deceased at 2:37 PM. According to Daniel, the cause looked to be massive blunt force trauma. Medics attempted to revive Pitts on the way to the hospital, but she was likely dead at the scene of the incident.
Pitts's body is being sent to the Georgia State Crime Lab for an autopsy as a result of the charges against Green.
The Douglas County Sheriff Office's “Major Case Unit” is handling the case in conjunction with the Douglasville Police Department and the Douglas County District Attorney's Office. They will be getting a search warrant to draw blood from Green.
Witnesses kept Green from fleeing the scene until law enforcement arrived. At this time, the chief of police does not believe there is a link between Pitts and Green. Thus, a possible motive for the incident is unknown.
Pitts's grown daughter and grandchild were in the vehicle at the time of the incident. They were unharmed, but police said related charges could be handed down to the two of them.
Green remains in the Douglas County Jail. His first court appearance will be held on Friday, June 27th at 1:30 PM before Chief Superior Court Judge Robert James.
Law enforcement asks the public to contact Investigator Clinton Ratliff at 678-486-1245 or Case Agent Susan Sweat at 770-920-7138 with any information regarding the crime. As for the accused, he will need a top-rated Douglas County DUI Lawyer.