DeKalb officer whose car struck, killed jogger is out of hospital, on leave

DeKalb officer whose car struck, killed jogger is out of hospital, on leave

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Iain MacGowan (Credit: DeKalb County Police Department)
  • Story Highlights
  • An officer who struck and killed a jogger with his police car is on administrative leave.
  • DeKalb County Officer Iain MacGowan was hospitalized after the crash.
  • The investigation is ongoing and charges have not been filed. 

The DeKalb County police officer who fatally struck a 66-year-old jogger is out of the hospital and on administrative leave, police said. 

Officer Iain MacGowan swerved to avoid a turning car last Tuesday and struck Janet Pickney, who was running in a crosswalk, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. 

The crash happened about 7 a.m. at the intersection of Brown and Chamblee Tucker roads, according to a preliminary accident report. The retired teacher died at Grady Memorial Hospital before 11:30 p.m. that night.

Janet Pickney (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)

MacGowan is recovering from his injuries and the investigation is ongoing, DeKalb police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said. 

The woman driving the other car, Brenda Yarini, was not cited by police. Her husband, Joe Yarini, told Channel 2 Action News he and his wife were praying for Pickney and MacGowan.

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