McDonough man killed on I-75

By Kathy Jefcoats

Henry police said a McDonough man was struck and killed as he tried to cross the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 on foot during rush hour Wednesday morning n after hitting two cars and blowing out his front tire in the northbound lanes.

Joseph Patrick Newsome, 47, originally from Jonesboro, was found dead near the 225-mile marker in the southbound lanes around 5:27 a.m., said Henry police spokeswoman Sgt. Christy Nebel.

The call first came in to the Henry County 911 Center as a hit-and-run accident. Witnesses told police that Newsome was driving his Pontiac Grand Am erratically before hitting a red Jeep and a green Toyota Camry. When his front tire blew near mile marker 225, Newsome left his car and crossed the center guardrail into the southbound lanes, police said.

But witnesses thought he was fleeing the scene and called police. As he tried to cross, Newsome was hit by an older model Oldsmobile Cutlass. Henry police continue to investigate the incident.

The dual accident scenes tied up morning rush traffic for hours on the north and southbound lanes of I-75. The inner corridors leading in and out of McDonough took the brunt of detoured commuters and 18-wheelers. Normal traffic flow resumed just in time for the noon rush.