LHS student struck by vehicle, killed

Matthew Strother News editor

November 27, 2013

A teenager was struck by a vehicle and killed while riding a bicycle Monday night on Wares Cross Road.

Brandon James Truitt, 15, of Roanoke Road was struck by a vehicle in the 400 block of Wares Cross Road. Officials at 911 received the call at 6:42 p.m. Coroner Jeff Cook pronounced the teen dead at the scene at 7:54 p.m. An autopsy was scheduled with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab.

Georgia State Patrol was investigating the incident and no further information was available this morning.

Truitt’s family members said he was visiting friends on Wares Cross Road. Grandmother Helen Hunter said the teen was “a wonderful person, just a bright young man.”

Truitt was a pitcher on the baseball team at LaGrange High School, where he was a sophomore.

“He loved baseball,” Hunter said.

Truitt’s brother, Darren Hairston, said he was passionate about the sport. He said Truitt had been on the team since his freshman year. He also described his brother as a comedian.

“Brandon was funny, he liked to joke a lot,” Hairston said. “… He was a lovable brother who enjoyed being around his family.”

He said the family was trying to hold things together in the wake of his brother’s death.

“It’s devastating and a shock that we lost him,” Hairston said.