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Marine lender dies in Georgia traffic accident

BB&T marine lender Brian Durst was killed in a hit-and-run accident Monday as he changed his tire on the side of a Georgia interstate. He was 53.

Police say Durst was struck by a tire that came from a boat trailer that passed him as he worked on his car. The trailer, which was towing a boat in a photo released by police, didn’t stop, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Troopers think the tire came from a two-axle utility, boat, horse or box trailer. Investigators believe the driver may not be aware that the tire came loose, according to state police.

Durst was BB&T Recreational Lending’s dealer relationship manager, the company said.

“Our industry friend and colleague, Brian Durst of Alpharetta, Ga., was killed in a tragic accident on I-75 in Lamar County, Ga., yesterday,”Coburn and Associates LLC managing partner Jim Coburn wrote on LinkedIn. “Brian will be remembered for his optimism toward just about everything in life. No matter what was wrong in his business or personal life, Brian always gave us hope with his inspiring words and his hearty laugh!”

Brian was hired at BB&T late in 2006 and was one of the original members of its recreational finance team serving marine and RV dealerships.

Brent Huffman, senior product manager at US Bank and a former colleague of Durst’s at Bank of America, said he “will always remember his fun outlook on life and his enthusiasm for the business.”

Reached by phone Monday night by the Journal-Constitution, a tearful Ginny Durst said her husband of more than 23 years was going to spend the week in Florida on business.

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