Marietta Daily Journal carrier Gideon Alawine died early April 3 in a wreck on Macland Road involving a drunk driver, according to police.
Police have arrested Thomas W. Thompson, 40, of Powder Springs, according to Cobb Police Chief Tim Cox. Thompson was charged with homicide by vehicle in the first degree and tampering with evidence, both felonies. He was also charged with following too closely, speeding, driving under the influence and having an open container, all misdemeanors.
The wreck occurred at about 2:20 a.m. Saturday, April 3, on Macland Road, west of McEachern Manor, according to Cox.
Glenn Galmish, Alawine’s manager, said Alawine was his “go-to guy.”
“He’d do anything for anybody,” Galmish said. “He was always running extra routes for guys who were out sick or something like that and never wanting anything in return. ... He’s just an easygoing guy. Gentle giant.”
Originally from Seattle, Alawine worked as a welder on skyscrapers in New York and Florida before moving to Georgia and joining the Journal’s parent company, Times Journal, Inc., Galmish said.
Alawine delivered Neighbor newspapers, metro Atlanta weeklies owned by Times Journal, Inc., for at least nine years, Galmish said. He had been delivering the Marietta Daily Journal for several months.
His wife, Essie, would prepare papers for him to deliver, Galmish said. Saturday morning, concerned Alawine hadn’t returned from delivering the papers, she went looking for him, driving along his route and right past the location of the wreck before she got a call from Cobb police, Galmish said.