Moultrie man killed in accident

MOULTRIE — The body of a Moultrie man was discovered off Tallokas and Crosby roads in Colquitt County on Wednesday. Officials of the Georgia State Patrol say his 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup was submerged in a creek after apparently breaking through the guard rail.

According to Michael Moses, a trooper with the Georgia State Patrol, Paul Partin, 40, is believed to have been traveling from Valdosta on Tuesday. The last recorded call on his cellphone was to his mother around 3:50 p.m., Moses said, and when Partin failed to show at his destination he was reported as a missing person.

On Wednesday around 7:30 p.m., Moses got the call to investigate a suspicious-looking area along Tallokas Road, where the grass had been “knocked down,” leading to the broken guard rail and a creek. Ultimately, Partin’s vehicle was discovered in the water, facing back the way it had entered, apparently having flipped on the guardrail, Moses said.

According to Moses, Partin took insulin for his diabetes, there were no skid marks at the scene, indicating that the victim may have blacked out and crossed the left lane into the guard rail.

Colquitt County Coroner Verlyn Brock said he believes Partin died on impact. No autopsy is planned, Brock said.