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Police Still Searching for Answers in Hit-and-Run Death of Richard Bartlett III, Brother of Steelers DL Stephon Tuitt



Police near Atlanta are still searching for answers in the hit-and-run death of 23-year-old Richard Bartlett III last Wednesday.

Barlett, the younger brother of Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt, was killed when he was struck by a car while securing a mattress to the roof of a vehicle in Johns Creek, Ga. on Wednesday night, and police in the area are looking for the public’s help.

Police said the car is dark or black four-door sedan, possibly a BMW with damage to the front-right bumper and hood area, front windshield damage, and minor damage to the passenger side doors.

If found, the driver of the vehicle faces felony hit and run and vehicular homicide charges, Johns Creek Police chief Todd Hood told FOX-5 Atlanta.

A candlelight vigil was held on Saturday in Lawrenceville, Ga., where Tuitt was raised and his mother Tamara Bartlett works as a deputy with the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office.

“As we continue to keep Deputy Bartlett and her family in our thoughts and prayers, we extend our most deepest and sincerest condolences,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a Facebook post.  

Johns Creek is about 30 miles northeast of Atlanta, in Fulton County but right on the border with Gwinnett County, where Tuitt was raised.