LOCUST GROVE — Officials are investigating a fatal pedestrian accident in which a man was killed around 4:30 this morning while running across I-75 North in Locust Grove near Bill Gardner Parkway.
Henry County Deputy Coroner Aaron Lunsford identified the victim as Brian Sprouse, 23, of Fayetteville.
According to a GSP statement, Trooper First Class Sinclair responded at 4:52 a.m. to the scene near mile marker 212, where a tractor-trailer traveling in the middle northbound lane had fatally struck the man.
“During the investigation, it was determined that the pedestrian had fled (on foot) from Locust Grove Police during a traffic stop at approximately (1:45 a.m.),” said Georgia Department of Public Safety spokesperson Tracey N. Watson.
“They lost contact with him during the foot pursuit, but were able to identify him as the person that fled earlier. The driver of the tractor-trailer and a witness advised TFC Sinclair that the pedestrian ran into the roadway from the wooded median area.”
Locust Grove Police Capt. Matthew Long said he was not aware whether the man’s next-of-kin had been notified.
“The traffic stop took place about four hours prior,” Long explained. “The subject ran across the interstate and hid in the woodline on the median. The officers looked for him for a while, then they needed to get back to work as far as other calls.” The officers then had the man’s car towed away.
Some time after that, Long said, the man apparently was crossing back when he was hit by a tractor-trailer.
No final incident report had been approved for release as of press time, according to Long, who said he was not sure of the specific reason why officers had pulled over the man. He added that the report would probably not be ready for a couple of days.
Morning rush hour traffic was backed up for several miles between Locust Grove and McDonough, with all northbound lanes closed until about 8 a.m. while the incident was being investigated.