Lawyer 'crushed pedestrian to death for hitting his Mercedes with golf ball'
A lawyer struck and killed a pedestrian who accidentally struck his Mercedes with a golf ball.
Bryan Keith Schmitt is said to have hit Hamid Jahangard, 60, with the CLS 550 in Sandy Springs, Georgia, on July 30 in a fit of road rage.
The father of two suffered a massive skull fracture and died in hospital two days later.
Schmitt, 47, was arrested and charged with real estate investor Jahangard’s murder on Monday.
A prosecution spokesman told NBC News: ‘The fatal encounter stemmed from Jahangard accidentally striking Schmitt’s Mercedes vehicle with a golf ball.’
Schmitt reportedly told police that he was driving past Jahangard when he saw him lean over a trash can outside his rental property, whose painting he was supervising.
The alleged murderer claimed to have seen the pedestrian making a throwing motion, before something struck his car.
Schmitt says he then performed a U-turn to confront Jahangard, and that the pedestrian threw a trash can into the the driveway where he was standing to block the car.
The lawyer claims he swerved to avoid that trash can, and struck Jahangard in the process.
Jahangard was on his phone to his brother Manoucher Jahangard at the time, with his sibling reportedly hearing the confrontation unfold.
Manoucher says he could heard someone yell, before his brother said: ‘I did not throw anything, get out of my face, get out of my face.’
The line went dead moments later. Jahangard’s phone was later tracked to Schmitt’s address, it is alleged. Police did not find any signs of damage on his Mercedes.
Investigator JT Williams insist Jahangard’s death insist it was not an accident.
Williams told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: ‘The speed used to vault the garbage can, lift the front end of his car up and to slam the victim down so hard it causes a massive skull fracture…is not an accident.’
Schmitt was arrested after cops uncovered surveillance camera footage which appeared to contradict his version of events.
He has been held in Fulton County Jail without bond since August 12, and is due back in court on August 27.
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