The man accused of running over and killing a Douglasville woman in front of her family is being held without bond on murder and other charges.
Acting District Attorney Brian Fortner said Dewey Green, 23 of Pelham, Ala., rear-ended a vehicle multiple times and pinned the driver, Janice Pitts, 53, of Douglasville, to the automobile when she got out to check the damage. He then backed up allowing Pitts to fall to the ground and ran over her.
And all of it happened in front of the woman’s grandchild and adult daughter, who were in the vehicle at the time.
“I jumped on his car and I’m banging on the window — ‘please, you’re crushing my mom, you’re crushing my mom!’ He wouldn’t look at me he just kept his face straight,” said Pitt’s daughter in an interview with Channel 2 Action News.
Green was charged with murder, aggravated battery and aggravated assault and is being held without bond at the Douglas County jail. Fortner said Green could face additional charges because of the presence of the family.
“Because of those issues we will look at it very hard and make sure we are taking appropriate charges moving forward,” he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We want to see everything before final determinations are made.”
The motive was not immediately known, and Fortner said as far as Douglas County officials can tell, there is no previous relationship between Green and Pitts. He said there is no indication Green has a mental illness but authorities believe he may have been under the influence.
Channel 2 reports a toxicology report is being run.
Pitts died at the scene Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 5 and Douglas Boulevard where Pitts was attempting to make a turn. Green’s first hearing is scheduled for Friday at 1:30 p.m. in front of Chief Superior Court Judge Robert James.
“I don’t understand why,” the daughter said. “We were just at the light.”
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