Georgia State Patrol troopers shut down I-20 West at Ga. 61 in Villa Rica on Tuesday morning while they investigated a pedestrian death. 

Pedestrian killed in crash that blocked I-20 in Carroll County for hours

A pedestrian was hit and killed in a crash that shut down all westbound lanes of I-20 in Carroll County for more than two hours Tuesday morning.

A man walking in a right lane was struck just before 6 a.m. by a Nissan Versa as the car was merging onto the interstate from the Ga. 61 entrance ramp, according to the Georgia State Patrol. The impact catapulted the pedestrian into the center lane.

“From observing the condition of the pedestrian’s body and according to statements given by (the Nissan’s driver), it is very likely that the pedestrian was struck by a number of unknown vehicles traveling westbound as well,” spokeswoman Tracey Watson said in a statement. “However, no other vehicles stopped or returned to the scene.”


The interstate was closed while troopers investigated, causing miles of backups through Villa Rica, the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center reported. All lanes were reopened just before 9 a.m.

Traffic on I-20 West was brought to a halt through Villa Rica while troopers investigated a pedestrian death.

While the pedestrian has not been identified by authorities, Watson said troopers have confirmed he was not the Georgia inmate who allegedly walked away from work detail Monday morning. There is no indication the pedestrian killed on the interstate is related to the search for Tommy Shane Morton, who remains at large Tuesday afternoon.

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