There are some stories you never want to write, and this would be one of them. The loss of a loved one is never easy to convey, and something Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt is dealing with at this time.
According to the New York Post, Tuitt’s brother was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Georgia this week.
Tuitt’s brother, 23 year-old Richard Bartlett III, was following his girlfriend down the road carrying a mattress on top of their vehicle. According to reports, they pulled over to secure the mattress, and he was fatally hit while stopped.
“The victim was following a girlfriend in a vehicle,” Hood told the outlet. “She had a mattress strapped to the top of her car. From what we understand, they may have stopped to secure it. She had pulled over to the right-hand side of the roadway. The victim had pulled into the left-hand turn lane right there at the boat entrance to the Chattahoochee River.”
It was at that time when he was struck by the car. “We do know that the vehicle turned around in the intersection right there possibly to see what had happened or what they had hit and at that point they fled the scene,” the police official said.
The Steelers, who are in the midst of their Organized Team Activities (OTAs) have one week left before mandatory minicamp at the end of the month. It is not known if Tuitt has been present at any of the workouts, but it is likely he is now with family as they grieve the loss of a family member.
We here at BTSC extend our condolences to the family at this time.