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Brother of Pittsburgh Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident in Georgia

by Halle Ames
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The brother of Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Georgia.

Richard Bartlett III, the 23-year-old brother of NFL star Stephon Tuitt, recently died in a hit-and-run accident on a busy road in Johns Creek, Georgia. A car heading eastbound on McGinnis Ferry Road just after 9:30 on Wednesday night, struck Bartlett and fled the scene, reports CBS 46.

Captain Todd Hood with the Johns Creek Police Department said there were witnesses to the unfortunate accident.

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

The police officer explains the events, saying that Stephon Tuitt’s brother stepped out of his car to help his girlfriend when another vehicle hit him.

“The victim was following a girlfriend in a vehicle. She had a mattress strapped to the top of her car. From what we understand, they may have stopped to secure it. She had pulled over to the right-hand side of the roadway. The victim had pulled into the left-hand turn lane right there at the boat entrance to the Chattahoochee River.”

Richard Bartlett III died shortly after from his extensive injuries.

Captain Hood revealed what the witnesses believe to be the make and model of the car that hit Bartlett.

“We do know that the vehicle turned around in the intersection right there possibly to see what had happened or what they had hit, and at that point, they fled the scene,” Hood said. “The Mom and girlfriend on scene at that point said they believe the vehicle was a dark, possibly black in color, four-door sedan. One of the witnesses believes it was most likely a BMW.”

Stephon Tuitt’s Distraught Family

The following morning, the Bartlett family returned to the scene, distraught by the events that occurred the night before. Police are now investigating the accident and asking the public for any information involving the car or its driver.

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

Stephon Tuitt is an NFL star with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In addition, their mother, Tamara Tuitt-Bartlett, is a deputy with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office.

Stephon Tuitt has not posted anything to his social media accounts since the accident.

If you have any information that will aid in the investigation into the death of Richard Bartlett III, please call 470-774-3358.