A Fort Valley man is dead after he jumped out of a stolen SUV while fleeing deputies and ran into oncoming traffic on Interstate 75 in Bibb County on Friday night.
He was identified as Charles Westfaul, 46, by Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones, who said he is having trouble finding Westfaul’s family.
The incident began to unfold about 9:30 p.m. when Bibb County sheriff’s deputies spotted a suspicious vehicle near Academy Sports on Eisenhower Parkway, according to a Bibb County Sheriff’s Office news release.
When deputies attempted to stop the yellow Ford Escape, the driver sped off down Eisenhower Parkway and headed for I-75. He continued to flee down I-75 north at a high-rate of speed until stopping the SUV just before Pierce Avenue and jumping out.
He was running across the southbound lanes when he was struck, the release said. He was taken to the Medical Center, Navicent Health, where he was pronounced dead.
No one else was hurt in the incident.
The SUV was stolen in Pennsylvania and deputies found stolen items, methamphetamine and other drugs inside, the release said.
Westfaul had two Fort Valley addresses and formerly lived at a Salvation Army, Jones said. Westfaul was described as a white male. He had no identifying marks.
Anyone with information in reference to this incident is urged to contact the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at 478-751 -7500, or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.
Anyone who knows how to reach his family is asked to contact Jones at 478-256-6716, or Deputy Coroner Luann Stone at 478-955-8485.