Police: Driver rear-ends vehicle, runs over grandmother

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- A judge denied bond on Friday for an Alabama man accused of using his vehicle as a weapon and running over a Douglas County woman right in front of her family.

Police say 23-year-old Dewey Calhoun Green rammed his pickup truck into the back of a car driven by 53-year-old Janice Pitts Wednesday morning while she was at a stop light. When Pitts got out of the car to check the damage, witnesses say Green drove into Pitts, pinning her between both vehicles. Police say he ran over her again while trying to get away.

According to Pitts' daughter, the 53-year-old woman moved from Los Angeles to Douglasville two years ago for a better and safer life for her family. Now she is gone and they are grieving over her senseless death.

"She survived breast cancer, twice, stage three the last go-round, and she fought it; for her life to be taken from her this way, she didn't deserve to die like that," daughter Iesha Davis told 11Alive on Thursday.

Davis still can't believe she witnessed her mother's death at the intersection of Highway 5 and Douglas Parkway on Wednesday afternoon. Pitts was driving Davis to work and her 4-year-old grandson was in the back seat of their Lincoln Navigator SUV when the horrific incident took place.

"He was behind us and he just started rear-ending us, repeatedly," Davis said.

Davis said when her mother got out and went back to see the damage, she then became the target of the truck driver's wrath.

"He just floored it and hit my mom, pinned her up against the back of her car and the front of his car and he just kept his foot down on the gas," she added.

Davis said she climbed on the hood of the truck and started banging on the windshield, yelling for the man to stop, but he refused to look at her. She said he then backed up and ran over her mother's body while trying to jump a concrete median.

But when his truck got stuck, several other drivers who saw what was happening surrounded the truck, took the driver's keys and held him until police arrived.

"It's just horrific to think that something like this could occur to any of us," Douglasville Police Chief Chris Womack told 11Alive.

Officers charged Green of Pelham, Alabama, with murder, aggravated battery and aggravated assault. He was denied bond in his first court appearance on Friday.

Chief Womack said Green didn't make any comments about what happened, except to say he was driving from Alabama to Atlanta to visit a girlfriend.

As far as anyone can tell, neither Green nor his victim knew each other and there was no type of road rage before the incident.

"For the life of me, I don't understand why he did it," said Pitts' daughter. "I honestly don't know why he did it."

Green has a history of drug arrests in his home state of Alabama, but none apparently involving any violence.

Police have taken out a warrant for samples of Green's blood to find out if he may have been under the influence of something. He's being held in the Douglas County Jail without bond.


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