Man Killed in Accident Easter Morning

by Wes Mayer

A male passenger was fatally injured in a single-vehicle accident in Newnan on Easter Sunday morning, and no charges are pending against the driver of the vehicle at this point.

Officers with the Newnan Police Department were dispatched to the scene at 3:42 a.m. to find a vehicle had crashed into a utility pole near the bridge on Jefferson Street, said Traffic Sgt. Lane Yearta with the police department. The passenger in the vehicle, Michael Lee Pitman, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, Pitman’s girlfriend, was also injured, according to authorities. She was conscious when officers arrived, however, and was able to give some details of the accident.

According to the driver statements to police, while driving eastbound on Jefferson Street in the left lane, near the intersection of Jefferson Place, Pitman grabbed the steering wheel and jerked it to the right, Yearta said. The vehicle then veered and collided with a utility pole on the passenger’s side of the vehicle – Pitman was not wearing a seatbelt and was fatally injured.

The driver was transported to Atlanta Medical Center, and according to Yearta, when officers recently checked on her, she was sedated and unable to talk. Yearta said the investigation in ongoing, but no charges are expected.



More Local

Four arrested for using fake $100 bills

By Clay Neely clay@newnan.com Four men are possibly facing federal charges after attempting to use counterfeit $100 bills at The Home Depot ... Read More


Rape trial resumes today

The fate of accused rapist Benjamin Gray will be in the hands of the jury today. Closing arguments in the sleepwalking rape trial are schedu ... Read More


Perdue kicks off last leg of campaign

U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue kicked off a jog across the state at Redneck Gourmet in downtown Newnan on Thursday. The campaign is head ... Read More


Perdue: broad energy policy needed

Campaigning in Newnan on Thursday, U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue said the nation needs a broad energy policy – one that includes ... Read More


Passenger injured in 2-car wreck on Hwy. 29

A Newnan man was seriously injured in a crash Thursday at Hwy. 29 and Weldon Road. James Hand was taken to Atlanta Medical Center by Coweta ... Read More

County delays retirement plan changes

A decision on an amendment to the retirement plan for county employees that would allow employees to participate in both the old pension pla ... Read More