Family of Sylvester man run over by patrol car want answers

Published: May. 2, 2015 at 2:31 AM EDT
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Johnnie Overstreet, Bryan's Father (middle)
Johnnie Overstreet, Bryan's Father (middle)

SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) - A Worth County family is demanding answers about a Sylvester man's death earlier this week. Bryan Overstreet was hit by a deputy's patrol car.

They held a vigil for Bryan Overstreet where he died. His family says his death just doesn't add up and they hope to learn exactly what happened.

Family and friends of 30-year-old Bryan Overstreet hold hands in prayer remembering the father and son whose life was tragically cut short.

"I want the truth to come out," said Johnnie Overstreet, Father.

Crime scene tape remains and a makeshift memorial has been set up where Overstreet died Tuesday morning.

"He was brutally murdered," said Overstreet. "His head slashed open. Body you can't even recognize."

Troopers say Overstreet was lying down in the middle of the Highway 33 wearing dark clothing when he was run over by a Worth County Deputy. Overstreet's family says the story isn't adding up.

"I was given that he was laying in the road on his back, then they told my family that he was laying in the road on his stomach," said Overstreet. "So that's two scenarios."

Overstreet says his son was walking North on Highway 33 while on the phone with his cousin when the call suddenly dropped.

"He was on his cellphone at 3:45 and he stayed on his cellphone til 3:47," said Overstreet. "The phone abruptly ended so what made the phone call end?"

Overstreet believes the Deputy was distracted when he hit his son. The Worth County Sheriff says the case remains under investigation as they wait for autopsy results from the GBI Crime Lab. Overstreet says he doesn't want his son to be forgotten.

"My son name, he didn't die in vain," said Overstreet. "He was a person. Black lives matter."

Johnnie Overstreet says he plans to sit down with Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby to talk about the investigation. His son's funeral will be Tuesday at 1:00 Rhema International Ministries on Oakridge Drive in Albany.

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