Thomas Burke

Thomas Burke 

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (CBS46) -- A man who police say was drinking and driving was arrested after a fatal hit-and-run crash in Lawrenceville on Thursday. 

60-year-old Gwinnett County Water Resource Trades Associate Constantin "George" Bolof was directing traffic around an active construction site near the intersection of Oak Grove Road and Henderson Lake Drive when he was struck and killed by Thomas Allen Burke, the Gwinnett County Police Department confirms.

“That’s the most horrific something I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Allen Lambert who witnessed the incident.  “Dag gum idiot came down here and hit that guy head on and knocked him about 60 feet in the air and landed out here on the street… it was quite mess.” 

According to Lambert two others who had stopped to help, tracked down the driver as he sped off.

“Yellow-lime colored Jeep it took off north and they turned around and went out there and caught up with the guy,” Lambert said.

The 60-year-old was leaves behind a wife and a daughter and was a member of the First Romanian Baptist Church of Atlanta.

The senior reverend at the church said they are all grief stricken.

“His wife is Domnita and his daughter Danielle," said Rev. Cristian Cocian, of First Romanian Baptist Church of Atlanta. "When I called, I called Domnita’s phone number she was not able to talk. Danielle took the phone and I spoke with her two or three times and she was devastated, [Danielle said] my dad is gone, and I told her a few words.”

Everyone who knew Bolof said there wasn’t a better family man, friend or work colleague.

“George was an absolute delight as far as work ethic, unrivaled," said Phillip Page, DWR Field Ops Section Manager Gwinnett County Government. "A great man of faith, a man that loved his family dearly, and he was not apologetic about any of those things.” 

Burke now faces a slew of charges including homicide, hit-and-run while under the influence of alcohol, and reckless driving. 

Gwinnett County officials released the following statement in regards to Bolof's tragic passing:

"It is with deep sadness that Gwinnett County Government announces the passing of one of its very own Constantin “George” Bolof. Mr. Bolof’s life was senselessly taken while doing what he’s loved for two decades – serving the great people of Gwinnett County. Our hearts are heavy. The Bolof family has lost a loved one, our Department of Water Resources has lost a faithful colleague and the Gwinnett County family has lost a valued team member. We are praying for resolve and comfort at this time.

- Nicole Hendrickson, Gwinnett County Chairwoman

"When our Gwinnett County family members come to work every day to serve the community, they expect to go home at the end of the day. There are no words to express the hurt I feel for the Bolof family. I know your prayers, as well as mine, are for peace and strength for George’s family today and every day."

- Glenn Stephens, County Administrator

Mr. Bolof worked in Field Operations since 2000 and was known for his cheerful disposition around the DWR office. He was due to retire in nine months.

The 60-year-old was leaves behind a wife and a daughter and was a member of the First Romanian Baptist Church of Atlanta.

The senior reverend at the church says they are all grief stricken.

“His wife is Domnita and his daughter Danielle, when I called, I called Domnita’s phone number she was not able to talk. Danielle took the phone and I spoke with her two or three times and she was devastated, my dad is gone, and I told her a few words,” -Rev

Everyone who knew Bolof saying there wasn’t a better family man, friend or work colleague.

“George was an absolute delight as far as work ethic, unrivaled, a great man of faith, a man that loved his family dearly and he was not apologetic about any of those things,” 

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