Brother of NFL star Stephon Tuitt killed in hit-and-run in Atlanta

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The NFL star’s 23-year-old brother is killed in a collision after stopping on the Atlanta road to help his girlfriend fix a mattress to the roof of her car

  • Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephen Tuitt’s brother, Richard Bartlett III, was killed in a hit-and-run in Atlanta on Wednesday
  • Bartlett, 23, was hit after stopping on a busy road to help his girlfriend fix a mattress to the roof of her car
  • Police say the driver of the hit vehicle fled the scene of the fatal accident, but not before turning his car over to see what they had hit
  • Bartlett’s mother and friend said they believe the vehicle was a dark, possibly black, four-door sedanurs
  • The driver of the vehicle has yet to be identified or charged

The brother of Pittsburgh Steelers star Stephon Tuitt was killed in a collision in Atlanta on Wednesday after stopping on a busy road to help his girlfriend attach a mattress to her car.

Richard Bartlett III, 23, had stopped at McGinnis Ferry Road in the Johns Creek area of ​​Atlanta just after 9:30 a.m., according to Capt. Todd Hood of the local police.

Police say the driver of the vehicle that hit Bartlett – who has yet to be identified or charged – fled the scene, but not before turning their car over to see what had hit them.

Bartlett's brother is star Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt, who was called up to the NFL in 2014 after a successful college career at Notre Dame

Bartlett’s brother is star Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt, who was called up to the NFL in 2014 after a successful college career at Notre Dame

Police and Bartlett's loved ones are pictured at the scene of Wednesday's deadly hit-and-run

Police and Bartlett’s loved ones are pictured at the scene of Wednesday’s deadly hit-and-run

“The victim followed a friend in a vehicle,” Hood said when describing the crash to… WGCL TV.

“She had a mattress strapped to the top of her car. From what we understand, they may have stopped trying to secure it. She had stopped on the right side of the lane. The victim had turned into the left lane, right there at the boat entrance to the Chattahoochee River.”

Captain Todd Hood of the Johns Creek Police Department (pictured) said Bartlett was hit while strapping a mattress to his girlfriend's car

Captain Todd Hood of the Johns Creek Police Department (pictured) said Bartlett was hit while strapping a mattress to his girlfriend’s car

Hood also said the driver who hit Bartlett returned to the scene of the accident to see what had hit him.

“We do know that the vehicle turned over there at the intersection, possibly to see what had happened or what they had hit and at that point they fled,” the police officer said.

“The mother and friend who were on the scene at the time said they believe the vehicle was a dark, possibly black in color, four-door sedan. One of the witnesses thinks it was most likely a BMW.’

Tuitt, who played college football on a scholarship to Notre Dame, was called up in 2014 and signed a four-year deal with the Steelers for $4.6 million with a $1.67 million signing bonus.

The 28-year-old signed a five-year contract extension with the team in 2017 worth $60 million, which includes a $13 million signing bonus, $13 million guaranteed and an average annual salary of $12 million, according to the website. spotrac.

Tuitt and Bartlett’s family returned to the scene of the fatal accident on Thursday, but they were too distraught to talk to the press. CBS 46 reports.

“We are doing everything we can to help the family in this situation,” Hood said of Bartlett’s family. “It’s very tragic for them, very tragic for the mother and girlfriend who witnessed this incident.”

McGinnis Ferry Road in the Johns Creek suburb of Atlanta, where Truitt's brother was fatally injured.  Truitt and Bartlett's mother is a deputy sheriff in nearby Gwinnett County

McGinnis Ferry Road in the Johns Creek suburb of Atlanta, where Truitt’s brother was fatally injured. Truitt and Bartlett’s mother is a deputy sheriff in nearby Gwinnett County

Tuitt himself has yet to release a statement or speak on the matter.

Bartlett and Tuitt’s mother, Tamara Tuitt-Barnett, happens to be a deputy sheriff at the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office, according to the Atlanta news channel.

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the driver of the car responsible for Wednesday’s fatal collision.

“We’re asking the public to come forward and give us any information about the vehicle, driver or owner of the vehicle so we can hold these people accountable,” Hood said.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call 470-774-3358.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call 470-774-3358

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call 470-774-3358

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