An Air Force colonel and Northside High School graduate was killed Sunday morning by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 75.
Col. Stephen Mittuch, commander of the 419th's maintenance wing at Hill Air Force Base in Utah, was 46.
Mittuch was in metro Atlanta this weekend for a seminar near Dobbins Air Force Base. As he headed for the airport to return home Sunday morning, the taxi in which he was riding was struck by a car going the wrong way down the interstate, the Georgia State Patrol said.
The patrol suspects alcohol was involved and is running tests, a patrol spokesman said. The cab driver and the woman driving the other car were taken to Grady Hospital in Atlanta, where they were listed in stable condition Sunday evening, according to WSB, an Atlanta television station.
Mittuch grew up in Warner Robins. His parents and two sisters still live in the area, though he lived in Utah with his wife.
"I always called him my baby boy," his mother, Eileen Mittuch, said Monday. "He didn't like it."
Mittuch graduated from Northside High School in 1980, according to his father, Eugene Mittuch. He graduated from the University of Georgia and went on a Peace Corps mission to the Philippines before joining the Air Force.
His brother is also a colonel in the Air Force, stationed in Germany. Eugene Mittuch is retired from the Air Force.
"He was an avid church goer," Eugene Mittuch said of his late son. "Very active in his church. Dearly loved the Air Force."
McCullough Funeral Home in Warner Robins will handle local funeral arrangements, which were incomplete as of this afternoon, Eugene Mittuch said.