Jacob Tillman of Kennesaw was arrested Thursday afternoon at the Superior Creek Lodge, a hotel at 2945 Cobb Parkway in Kennesaw, and remains in custody on three counts of furnishing alcohol to people under the legal drinking age of 21.
He is accused of providing the drinks to three underage people at the hotel sometime Wednesday night.
One of those people was 20-year-old Hannah Straton, who later left the hotel on foot and would never make it home. She was hit by a car and killed while walking along the parkway, likely toward a local convenience store.
Kennesaw Police spokesman Scott Luther said Tillman could also be facing charges related to the death of Straton. Kennesaw is working with Cobb County Police Department’s traffic unit in the investigation of Straton’s death.
According to a news release from Cobb Police, Straton was walking on Cobb Parkway just south of Mack Dobbs Road in Kennesaw when she was struck by a white 2004 Toyota Tundra pickup truck heading southbound on the parkway at about 3:45 a.m.
The driver, later identified as 43-year-old Stephen Nehls of Dallas, immediately pulled over to the side of the road and called 911.
“The body was located on the west side of the roadway on the southbound side of Cobb Parkway,” Sgt. Dana Pierce with Cobb Police said. “She was dead at the scene.”
Pierce said his investigators are not sure where Straton was going when she was hit but Luther said his department thinks she was headed to the QuickTrip gas station at 2761 Cobb Parkway, about a mile south of the hotel.
Pierce said police believe she had been drinking prior to the accident.
Investigators don’t expect to charge Nehls in connection with the death.