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Soldier dies after Hwy. 17 accident
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Twenty-two-year old Fort Stewart soldier Robert John Nowlin, Jr. died early Monday from injuries sustained after being struck by multiple vehicles on Hwy. 17, near Cartertown Road, according to a representative with the Georgia State Patrol.

Preliminary reports said Nowlin and his wife got into an argument Sunday night while driving down Hwy. 17 which ended up with Nowlin exiting their vehicle and walking northbound on Hwy. 17. Reports also indicate Nowlin had been drinking.

Bryan County authorities reportedly received a call just before 9 p.m. Sunday that an individual was walking down Hwy. 17. Several minutes later, 911 calls poured in concerning a pedestrian being hit by a car.

According to the accident report, Savannah driver Sarah Smith was unable to stop in time when she saw Nowlin darting into traffic in front of her. She reportedly slammed the breaks and turned the wheel, but struck Nowlin with the left side of her vehicle. He was left lying on the highway.

Several seconds later, Richmond Hill resident Paul Dyer ran over Nowlin when he was unable to see him lying in the roadway. Both drivers pulled over and, according to GSP, gave statements to Bryan County Sheriff’s deputies at the scene.

Bryan EMS transported Nowlin to Memorial Hospital, where he reportedly died several hours later.

No arrests were made at the scene. The accident is being investigated by Georgia State Patrol.

-by Ross Blair


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