Cov­ing­ton man killed in U.S. 278 ac­ci­dent

The Covington News - - The second front - GABRIEL KHOULI Staff Re­porter

Cov­ing­ton res­i­dent Ti­mothy Lee Carithers was killed early Tues­day morn­ing af­ter he was struck by a ve­hi­cle on U.S. High­way 278.

Carithers, 54, was driv­ing an elec­tric mo­bil­ity wheel­chair, a Lil Ras­cal, east­bound on U.S. 278 around 12:10 a.m. when he was hit from be­hind by a Honda Civic near the Cook Street in­ter­sec­tion, ac­cord­ing to Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol spokesman Gordy Wright.

“The chair had no lights or re­flec­tive tape and be­longed to the vic­tim's moth- er,” Wright said in an email. “He was in the travel lane east­bound when the col­li­sion oc­curred.

“The wheel­chair be­longed to his mother, and, in in­ter­views the trooper con­ducted overnight, it ap­pears he was us­ing it for a re­cre­ational use rather than a med­i­cal need. The trooper said in­for­ma­tion he gath­ered was that the vic­tim nor­mally walked. The trooper be­lieves he was go­ing to visit friends.”

New­ton County Coroner Tommy Davis said it ap­peared the man was head­ing back to his Ad-

ams Street home. Af­ter the crash, he was trans­ported to New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter where he was pro­nounced dead, Davis said.

The 27-year-old driver, also from Cov­ing­ton, was not in­jured and no charges have yet been filed, though the crash re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Wright said.

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