EATONTON, Ga. — A 95-year-old Eatonton man, a longtime deputy with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, was killed in a four-vehicle crash on Oak Street in Eatonton on Monday morning, local and state authorities say.
The victim was identified as Robert Clinton Alliston, of the 400 block of North Maple Avenue, Eatonton, according to Sgt. First Class Justin C. Howard, commander of the Georgia State Patrol post in Madison.
Alliston was also the father of Putnam County Jail Administrator Tracy Alliston Pitocchelli.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash happened shortly before 9 a.m. in front of Edwards Fruit Stand, according to Eatonton Acting Police Chief Howell Cardwell.
Another man, identified as Chris Johnson, of Eatonton, was seriously injured in the crash and was flown by helicopter to Atlanta Medical Center, authorities said.
The name of the driver of a third vehicle, a van, was not immediately released by authorities.
The driver of a fourth vehicle, a Dodge Charger, meanwhile, was identified as Tonya Scott. Scott’s Dodge Charger was damaged by flying debris from one or more of the other vehicles, Cardwell told The Union-Recorder in a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon.
Traffic was shut down for about five hours along Oak Street and diverted in another direction, Cardwell said.
Johnson’s Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck, which was traveling northbound on South Oak Street, crossed over the centerline and struck head-on with Alliston’s Lincoln Town Car, according to Howard.
The fatal wreck remains under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol and a trooper with the state patrol’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT).