Man struck by vehicle, killed

Published 3:08 pm Friday, February 1, 2019

On Sunday, January 27, at approximately 9:41 p.m. Bainbridge Public Safety responded to a single vehicle fatality on Faceville Highway.

Sgt. Toby Miller arrived on scene and observed a silver Chrysler parked on the eastbound side of the highway. Miller observed other officers Robert Green and Richard Collins standing near a motionless male subject, identified as Anthony Maurice Griffin.

It was revealed upon identification of the deceased that he was a patient of Johnson’s Personal Care Home of 1010 Hall Street, who had wandered off.

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“He was a very humble man, who I have looked after for a long time,” said Johnson’s Personal Care Home manager, LaShanda Stevens.

Stevens said while Griffin was under her care, he was living in a private home and did as he pleased. He never revealed where he was going or when he would be back.

Griffin was found lying in the ditch and had been checked for a pulse by Collins, who could not locate one. Officer Christopher Prindle began CPR on Griffin until Decatur EMS arrived. When they observed the body they told Prindle to cease CPR and called Deputy Coroner Dewitt Phillips.

The case was then turned over to Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jeffery Swanner.

Swanner said the driver of the vehicle was en route with a vehicle pointing their headlights coming towards him and behind him, when he caught a glimpse of something on the side of the road.

Griffin was walking on the roadway in all black clothing and black shoes, when the driver hit him. The driver originally thought he had hit a deer, and called 911 to let them know. Upon further inspection, the driver learned it was a person and called 911 back, requesting immediate help.

BPS Chief Investigator Frank Green said their office is concerned about the circumstances surrounding Griffin’s death and have requested for the GBI to review the case.