Neighbor first on scene of fatal crash tries to save lives

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News 12 First at Five / Monday, July 29, 2013

HEPHZIBAH, Ga. (WRDW) -- A deadly accident took the life of two men, including a local police officer. A man who lives nearby was first on the scene and made the call to 911.

"I was coming up Ulm Road from the grocery store and we got about halfway up the road and I told my wife, slow down. There's parts flying out into the road," said Kevin Nutt, who lives near Ulm Road.

Nutt was seeing parts flying from the impact of a deadly accident on Ulm Road, a road he's traveled for almost 30 years now.

"As soon as we slowed down, I looked to the right and you could see more parts flying and there were two bodies laying on the ground," Nutt said.

It happened around 6:30 p.m. Sunday and claimed the lives of two men: Marcus Kelly and 25-year-old Kyterian Andres Jones.

Jones, who was an officer with the Wrens Police Department, was off duty and riding a motorcycle north on Ulm Road. Richmond County deputies say he lost control, hitting a car and two people who were standing near it.

"So I jumped out and as soon as I jumped out, I ran up, checked their pulse and called 911," he said. "I didn't feel a pulse on either one of the guys."

Nutt says he ran to where Jones and Kelly were laying, checked for pulses and then, with instructions from the 911 operator, prepared to do everything he could to save their lives.

"They were telling me how to do chest compressions and as soon as I went to start [them], first responders from the fire department showed up," Nutt said.

Nutt says the scariest part of the experience was knowing his kids were just feet away watching.

"My 6-year-old, he was like 'Daddy, why did that guy on the motorcycle have to pass away?'" Nutt said.

Investigators have not released a cause of the accident or whether speed was a factor.

Nutt says after living in the area for decades, he's noticed speeding is a problem. And other neighbors agree.

"That could have been somebody's small kid that day," he said. "I'd like to see speed bumps in that neighborhood."

Nutt says he's tried for years to get speed bumps in that area, but hasn't had any luck.

News 12 has reached out to Richmond County Traffic Engineering and will let you know what they have to say.

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